There are many different types of intestinal worms, but the most common is threadworm also called pinworm. Threadworm is a type of roundworm that is commonly found in preschool and school-aged children, however the whole family can become infected. Threadworm causes a very itchy bottom, which is usually worse at night. If your child is infected with threadworm, it is not usually serious and can be treated easily with medication.
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In girls, there may also be redness and itching around the vaginal area. Threadworms may cause or worsen vulvovaginitis in girls. See possible fact sheet Vulvovaginitis.
You may be able to see threadworm if you examine your child at night. You might see tiny white thre that may be moving. How is threadworm spread? It is estimated that one female threadworm can lay up to 16, eggs.
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Threadworm is spread when children scratch their bottom, causing the eggs to collect under the fingernails. The child then carries the worm eggs back to their mouth with their hands. The eggs can also be spread indirectly, in food, dust, or other items. The eggs can survive up to two weeks outside the body. You cannot catch threadworm from animals. Care at home You can talk to a pharmacist about over-the-counter treatment options.
Drugs such as pyrantel Combantrin or mebendazole Banworm are very safe and often recommended. Follow the instructions on the packet, bearing in mind special precautions may be given for children under two years of age and for pregnant women. Adults can also possibpe threadworm.
If possible, your child should have a shower on the night they have the medicine, and again the next morning to remove the eggs laid during the night. Unfortunately, repeat threadworm infection is very common. To help reduce this and to prevent the threadworms from spreading to others, you can take the following precautions: Despite the itching, encourage your child not to scratch their bottom.
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If they must scratch, make sure it is over their underpants and Love womans assholes directly on their skin. Try to stop your child from biting their nails or sucking their thumb. Have your child wash their hands and under their nails thoroughly after going to the toilet. Vacuum your floor often to remove any eggs. Clean surfaces in your house that your children may touch, in particular door handles.
Discourage your child from eating food that has fallen on the floor. When to see a doctor If you have tried a threadworm treatment for your child and their symptoms have not improved, take them to your GP. The doctor will examine your child and may want to do blood or faeces poo tests.
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Also take your child to the GP if: your child passes a large worm they have abdominal lookig, nausea, vomiting or low energy levels. Key points to remember Threadworm is common in preschool and school-aged children.
There are precautions to prevent threadworm spreading and reinfecting. Common questions our doctors are asked Do I need to to worm my children and my pets at the same time? Humans cannot catch threadworm from animals. Is ringworm and threadworm the same thing?
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No, ringworm is not actually a worm at all. It is a fungus that needs to be treated with anti-fungal medication. We acknowledge the input of RCH consumers and carers. Reviewed September To donate, possibe www. Disclaimer This information is intended to support, not replace, discussion with your doctor or healthcare professionals.
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