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Old Feb 24th, 2013, 23:08 PM   1
meli1981
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my 7 year old has worms:-(


hi all i just discovered my 7 year old has worms. im not sure what kind, they are teeny tiny white things. are these harmful to the baby? im soooo worried right now. just need some reasurrance. thanks all:-)



 
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Old Feb 25th, 2013, 01:01 AM   2
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how did u find out?

if there what im thinking about its from walking outside barefoot they lay eggs around the bum whole and have to take meds to kill them...once the meds are taken it does kill them....they poop them out....

my nephews had this....once away..there away.



 
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Old Feb 25th, 2013, 05:50 AM   3
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I had them in my 20's when I worked with kids. They drive u insane. But as far as I know theres no danger to anyone. Make sure Ur 7yr old has short fingernails in case u can't stop him/her scratching but preferably no scratching at all. Make sure hands are clean and its just a case of two tablets. One kills the worms already there and the second tablet 7days later kills any eggs still remaining. Bit like headlice lol
Please dont worry



 
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Old Feb 25th, 2013, 08:06 AM   4
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Ah, the joys of parenting! Most common worms are no harm whatsoever! The doc can give pills that clear them up. It can happen to anyone, it's part of life...a yucky one, but more common than people think!



 
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Old Feb 25th, 2013, 08:19 AM   5
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How do you find out if they have them? Either my son is going through a growth spurt or he has worms because he is constantly hungry these last few weeks!!



 
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Old Feb 25th, 2013, 08:28 AM   6
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Hey dealing with the same problem

you can get an over the counter treatment to treat them vermox , one dose now which kills all worms now and one to kill any eggs that hatch 2 weeks later.
It is recommended everyone in the house gets treated for them though, but for us pregnant ladies we need to go to the doctor and to see what we can take if needed

you can get rid of them by following a very strict hygiene for 6 weeks
you should wash all bed sheets and change them daily.
Everyone have their own towel do not share
shower every morning and particularly attention to anal area as that is where the eggs are laid.
cut nails short and wash hands regularly making sure under the nails are clean
wear close fitting underwear night clothes to bed, vacuum bedrooms and damp dust surfaces

my kids have them, I think I might do as well so I have spent the last two days freaking myself out, but they do not harm the baby at all just a pain in the bum excuse the pun



 
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Old Feb 25th, 2013, 08:31 AM   7
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There's a lot of myths about these worms that they cause hunger or that they are from outside, they are not. Those are tropical worms such as tapeworms and you're not going to get them in the UK and most of the US either. The type of worms in question here are threadworms known as pinworms in the US (in the UK pinworms describes a different species of worm that primarily affects pets). They are annoying but harmless. The medicines can help but they aren't suitable for pregnant women and re infection is really common. You only catch them from getting the eggs on your fingers and unwittingly ingesting them. They lay the eggs around your bum but they are difficult to wash off and can get under long fingernails etc so even if you're scrupulous about hygeine it's not a guarantee. If your older children attend school, after school clubs/activities, go to friend's houses etc then they can so easily pick them up from there xx



 
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Old Feb 25th, 2013, 08:32 AM   8
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Don't worry, it's quite common. It's just a case of taking some meds and your good to go :-) you might want to get everyone else checked out because they can be easy to pass on.

My sister and I both had them when we were children! My mum told me it was because I ate to much sugar, and to this day she try's to scare me "If you don't stop eating chocolate you'll get worms!"

It was on Embarrassing Bodies Kids a while back. Don't worry at all!



 
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Old Feb 25th, 2013, 09:28 AM   9
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They most likely are pinworms.

They're very common in young children. If another kid touched his diaper and then touched your kid's hand and he in turn put his hand in his mouth, that's the most common way to get it. The males and females live in the intestines and then the female travels her way down to the opening of the anus to lay her eggs. So there's quite a bit of itching.. and if the child scratches tons of eggs are deposited underneath the finger nails, they touch their mouth or another child, and then those eggs are ingested. It's a terrible cycle.

You can get over the counter medicine or you can go to the doctor. I think it's called PinX or something. You need to keep his/her hands washed constantly and make sure they don't scratch down there. You have to wash their underwear in hot water and wash the bed sheets often, and use heat in the dryer. You can use vaseline at night for the itching (apparently that's when it itches most).

If you get the pinworms, it's not really a big deal. Just use the same precautions. It won't affect the baby.

I ended up doing tons of research when I was worried my son had them.



 
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Old Feb 25th, 2013, 10:06 AM   10
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They are called threadworms in the UK over here pinworms are a more serious parasite mainly affecting dogs and cats, OP is from the UK so don't want her to go searching for pinworms and ending up worried xx



 
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