shares ideas to prevent your child from getting worms

Yvonne - posted on 08/29/2011 ( 21 moms have responded )

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My son is 3.5 yr old and he often battles with an itchy bum and grinds his teeth and sometimes bites and I deworm him with a worm syrup but weeks later he has the same symptoms and gets a nasty irritating cough. He is at day care and loves playing in the sand. The day care has advised they put in salt to assist with the issue but I don't see results. Any ideas on how to irradicate it or prevent it??

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Brett - posted on 08/30/2011

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I think its time to go to the dr, if this has happen repeatedly and what you are doing has not worked than its not what you think. I am really confused about the itchy bum and the teeth biting....and the worm thing. Please take your child to a dr asap. Stop guessing.

Amanda - posted on 08/30/2011

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Ok Pin worm is more comman then head lice in children. First off if you dewormed him, his first and second poop after the medication his poop should of been FULL of little white worms. If it wasnt, he DOESNT have worms. As well like lice, Pin worm needs a second treatment two weeks after the first. Animals DO NOT carry Pin worm, but washing hands is the key to keeping your children from getting them.



•bed linens

•towels

•clothing (especially underwear and pajamas)

•toilets

•bathroom fixtures

•food

•drinking glasses

•eating utensils

•toys

•kitchen counters

•desks or lunch tables at school

•sandboxes



Children get these worms by eatting the eggs, it has nothing do with shorts or pants being worn. Pinworms eggs can live on surfaces 2-3 weeks long. Your child spreads pinworm eggs through out the house after he itchs his butt. So in theory he might not even be getting the worms from the sand pit any longer, he could very well be reinfecting himself in the house.



The best time to check for worms is a few hours after your child falls asleep, also they can be in his underwear in the morning, as well as you can see them in their poop in the toilet. You can also use a piece of tape on the anus area at night time, take that into your doctor and they can look for worm eggs.

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Yvonne - posted on 08/31/2011

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thanks everyone, you all have been extremely helpful. I will take him tot he doctor today and give feedback soon.

Sam - posted on 08/30/2011

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in NZ we call it threadworm as they look like small bits of thread can b hard 2 get rid of n are extremley annoying the teeth grinding is because the female worm comes out of the butt at night 2 lay her eggs at entrance of anus so they can b piked up again handwashing and washing of bedding is important short finger nails n tight fitting undies worn at night after worming meds can help stop scatching in the night ..... gud luck :) u can get meds from chemist .....

Magaly - posted on 08/30/2011

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Only a physician can accurately diagnose what is going on with your son. Take him ASAP! I'm sure it's not life threatening but would you like an itchy butt for an extended period of time?

Nicola - posted on 08/30/2011

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It can also be transmitted from not washing salad, fruit and vegetables as well. As soon as you treat wash all bedding and nightwear to try and limit reinfection also hand towels in the bathroom. It's also worth inspecting the cleanliness of the nursery especially bathroom areas. Hope you get it sorted soonxx

Bettina - posted on 08/30/2011

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SOUNDS LIKE PIN WORMS WHICH CAN BE TRANSFFERED FROM TOILET SEATS-TAKE HIM TO THE DR. ASAP

Wendy - posted on 08/30/2011

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they are called thread worms and look like cotton in the po you can get them from playing in soil or orange skin they dont hurt but doc will give some thing for them to take then try and keep hands clean after playing

Wendy - posted on 08/30/2011

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make sure he washes his hands after playing and toilet as when his hands have been dirty and when in mouth he starts it all over again, I had same trouble with mine and when grand children

Stifler's - posted on 08/30/2011

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Yeah I wormed my kid and they said to worm everyone in the family except kids under 6 months.

Jodi - posted on 08/30/2011

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I just want to ask if it is only him you are deworming, or if you are treating the entire family?

Michelle - posted on 08/30/2011

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No, they never have. They are now 10 & 7 so over the eating sand thing. I used to get them when I was younger but we always had animals so I think that was my problem.
I don't have any pets now.

Yvonne - posted on 08/30/2011

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Its the back end of Winter now so he is wearing pants still, not shorts. I think I must ask the other parents about their kids. The over eating is getting to me as he eats more than myself now and it shouldn't be that way...

Michelle - posted on 08/30/2011

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Mary: it's usually oral consumption. The main way is not washing the hands after playing in the sand or with animals or even eating the sand!!!!! Typical boys (I have 2) like to eat sand.

Mary Renee - posted on 08/30/2011

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Oh yeah! My friend's cousin had that and he would eat and eat and eat but stay so skinny. They used to joke about hanging a big juice steak on one end or the other to get the worms out. That was definitely a joke though. It's not very common though here or in my hometown of Washington DC, as far as I know. Sounds like they should definitely remove all the sand, clean it with disinfectant, and replace it with new sand that has enough salt in it to prevent the worms from surviving and breeding there.



Also, I'm obviously not an expert, but do you think maybe different types of clothing could help? Like maybe if he were to wear pants instead of shorts? Or are they always gotten through oral consumption? Good luck! And thanks for enlightening me, if that happened to my daughter I would have had no idea what was going on.



Yeah, ring worm is totally different, it starts out as a little red bumpy circle on your skin and if you don't recognize it or treat it right away it can become bigger and bigger and leave your skin in that area slightly paler. I don't think it's very damaging, it's just itchy and contagious and a pain in the butt (but not literally! Like in the case with the other worms)

Michelle - posted on 08/30/2011

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Ringworms are completely different. They are on the skin and look like a red "ring".
Maybe talk to your pharmacist and see if there are other treaments to try.

Yvonne - posted on 08/30/2011

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Michelle thanks, I haven't actually seen to be honest (too grimm) but he has the symtoms that make me believe that he has worms. I will take him to my doctor to see why so often. It maybe that he is getting it from our dog as well. Thanks.

Yvonne - posted on 08/30/2011

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Thanks Mary, I'm not really sure what kind of worms, but ringworms are a possibility as well as intestinal worms. all I know is that he eats way more than usual, complaining of the itching inside his bum. Thing is I've notice he is fine days fater the deworming syrup. He's a typical boy in that he doesn't run to wash his hands once he's played in the sand so the germs/bacteria from the sand get into his system. Worms get in the sand because that is where they breed naturally. I doubt you'd have this issue, worms die in salty water / sand and hence why the sand pits here are treated with salt. Thanks again, maybe I should try antifungal cream.

Michelle - posted on 08/30/2011

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Are you 100% sure it's worms? Have you seen them?

It may pay to get it checked out by a doctor just to make sure there isn't anything else going on.

@Mary These are intentinal worms usually passed from animals to humans. The typical signs are an itchy bottom at night (that's when they come out and wriggle) and an increased appetite.

Mary Renee - posted on 08/30/2011

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I am really confused. What do you mean "worms"? I have to admit I read this post because I was wondering what kind of "worms" children get.

The only thing I can think of is ringworm, which isn't actually a worm, but rather a fungus, and it's cured with anti-fungal cream, not syrup. I used to work in a daycare and have gotten it a few times from playing around with the kids. The best way I found to treat it was to recognize it as soon as possible, treat it with strong anti-fungal cream, and then cover it with a large bandage because it's very contagious through contact and you don't want the child (or anyone caring for the child) to touch it, scratch it, and spread it to other parts of their body or other people.

It's really hard to say if he's repeatedly getting it from daycare, do the other kids have it? How do the worms get in the sand?

Sorry. I have more questions for you than answers! I'm actually really hoping this is a regional issue as my daughter is 1.5 and plays in the sand constantly because we live in Hawaii.

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