Updated: Jan 30
Threadworms (Enterobius vermicularis) are the most common parasites that affect the intestines of the children. It is estimated that about 40% of children under 10 years of age may be infected with threadworms. The worms absorb vital nutrients from the intestine, lowering heamoglobin, which can affect children’s growth, health and nutrition.
Causes of worms in children:
The worms crawl out of the anus (bum) at night and lay their eggs on nearby skin. The child scratches this area at night and gets pinworm eggs on the fingers or under the fingernails. If this infected person touches some objects such as toys or chair or toilet seat; the eggs are transferred to these objects. While playing, other children may get the infection by touching these infected objects.
Usually, children with worms experience itching in the anal or vaginal area, irritability, abdominal pain, bed wetting, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting.
How to prevent worms from entering the child’s body:
• Encourage the child to wash hands after going to toilet and before eating.
• Keep your child’s finger nails clean and trimmed. Try to stop your child from biting their nails or sucking their thumb.
• Wash your child’s beddings, towels and toys in hot water.
• Discourage your child from eating food that has fallen down.
Homoeopathic medicines such as Calcarea carbonica, Cina, Cuprum oxydatum nigrum, Sabadilla, Santoninum, Spigellia, Teucrium are very effective in treating worms in children.