worms?

Jennifer - posted on 05/12/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )

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About 9 months ago, my then 2 year old passed something that looked like a worm. I was freaked out and disgusted. I showed it to my husband then quickly threw it in the outside trash (we were at my MIL's house). It honestly reminded me of a night crawler that was about 3in long, and broke off on one end. Of course it happened on a Sat night, and figured I would call the doc on Mon. On the way home, I decided I had better call the nurse's hotline and of course they wanted me to bring in the diaper to the hosp. lab, but I couldn't, because I didn't have it. In all the doc ran 2 stool samples on him, but both came back neg. At the same time as this, my son started scratching his belly and back right under his neck, and butt cheeks. Then he stopped all of a sudden. Now, last week, I started to notice the scratch marks on his back again. Today, he went to the potty and had not quite diarrhea, but definately not formed and when I tried to wipe him, I noticed a ton of scratch marks around his anus. He also all this winter has had sleeping issues, which we attributed to brining in a new baby, then the baby was sick a lot and in the hosp, and of course I was with her. Since I've been a stay at home mom since he was 4 months old, we figured he was having attachment issues and have been doing our best to reassure him that everything is ok and mommy and daddy aren't going to leave him. Now I'm wondering if it isn't worms, because I know they cause sleep issues. Has anyone wormed their child, if so, what did you use? The doctor can't do anything without a positive stool sample, so I need (and actually prefer) something from a nature store.

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Dana - posted on 05/12/2011

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I would suggest you take your child back to the doctor's or a new one if need be and not to take advice from anyone on the internet about how to de-worm your child.

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No kidding, Dana. And I was concerned about us being overmedicated when we had to deal w/ them twice in the same year! 11 months apart, but still... Then again, I'm one that even hates medicating my headaches unless I'm miserable. I couldn't imagine giving my kids any medication just for the heck of it.

Harmful or not, Jennifer, it just doesn't make sense to me to medicate anyone... especially a child, unless it is actually medically neccessary.

Karli - posted on 05/12/2011

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This happened to a friend of mine, it was her brother when they were kids. Her parents had to go to his room when he was sleeping, leave the lights off, total darkness armed with a flashlight, they had to take off his diaper and sorry spread his cheeks apart and turn the flashlight on. The worms will actually come out in darkness. If he does have them then at least you'll know for sure.

Ingrid - posted on 11/07/2012

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Hello, Gosh I hope things were resolved since then. I too saw long white worm like things out of my sons stool. They definitely looked like large worms,white, sticking through and out of the end of his stool by 3 inches on each side. I had to take a double take, was disgusted and flushed it. Minutes later I knew it was a worm, I mean, What else could be through his stool and white, not texture look to it. We were seen by a PA and she thought 'round worm' right away, so they treated him with Pin-X ( I today, just finished the second treatment). Apparently, you need to treat this thing once, to kill the adults and then again 10-14 days later to kill the eggs, from what I learned. The whole thing is sick, I've been a wreck since I saw those things. I decided to treat the whole family. Tonight though, I went googling for info on worms, since my son after his second treatment just had a stool that looked like all corn. We haven't had corn or anything like it in months. I hope that means he is passing all of it, whatever might be going on.... Again, I hope things are okay with you now since it was a year ago when you had a problem. My son, also has had this undiagnosed chronic persistent cough since July, I will take him to a pulmonologist soon, I hope it is nothing serious and/or to do with worms.

Dana - posted on 05/15/2011

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Yeah, that kind of freaked me out too, Teresa. It sounds rather unhealthy.

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Bec - posted on 01/01/2014

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That's ridiculous about the doctor not doing anything without a positive stool sample! Scratching is enough. See another doctor!!

Sam - posted on 05/17/2011

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I regularly deworm my family because children can easily pick up worms without you even knowing. I would prefer to prevent my children getting worms again, rather than having to go through any of my kids waking up in the night with itchy bottoms. Just the thought of worms infesting any persons body is horrible. As for the suggestion that I am over medicating, it was actually my sister-in-law who is a medical doctor who recommended to me to regulary deworm my family. She does it with her family and suggested I do the same. It is not harmful in any way.

Jennifer - posted on 05/15/2011

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I live near a rather large Amish community, and it is quite common for them to worm the children every couple months. It doesn't harm in any way.

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Every 3 months? Do they still have the worms or are you just medicating your family for no reason now?

Sam - posted on 05/15/2011

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My whole family is treated for worms every three months. Even my 1 year old. I get a product called combantrim from the pharmacist. You can get it all types of forms from tablets, syrup to even chocolate squares. My children gobble this up really quickly and then they are treated. I started doing this because I too found worms in my eldest as she was scratching and said that she was itchy. I checked with a torch and saw the worms coming out of her bottom. I was horrified. But since I have been giving regular treatments, I have not had any problems since. I might not be natural but it works straight away and easy to administer.

Tamisayi - posted on 05/13/2011

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Worms are no fun at all for kids bu unfortunately they are one of the more common childhood conditions. I usually use the single dose albendezole or mebendezole. (I know it's not a natural remedy) but works really well and is a no fuss treatment. all the best.

Angelique - posted on 05/12/2011

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When I was a child I had worms and what was prescribed for me was garlic enemas.

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We've dealt w/ pinworms. They are SO much fun.... (heavy sarcasm).

Karli has the right idea for checking for them. I didn't actually have to do it like that as they 'peeked' out w/out being in a dark room.

I don't know about any other type of worm, but w/ pinworms the whole family takes a pill. Then 2 weeks later you all take another one. I would not get any cure advice from online. I DO know that putting vaseline on and around the anus at bedtime can really help relieve the itching, etc... until you can get in to the doctor.

Tara - posted on 05/12/2011

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Wow, I totally agree with Dana. Surely there is different testing that can be done. I am kind of worry wart so I would be freaked out and probably in the er the minute I noticed, if my dr's office had been closed. I definately would have saved the diaper.

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