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2023 Author: Alfred Shackley | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 13:14
Worm infestations are unpleasant and dangerous infections that have been known for a long time and are common in all parts of the world. Most of all, children from 2 to 6 years old are susceptible to such ailments.
Modern therapeutic methods allow you to quickly get rid of parasites in the body, while the child does not need to be hospitalized, it can be treated at home. However, many parents are in no hurry to give their babies highly toxic medicines.
If the child's condition allows, preference is given to folk remedies that require a longer course of treatment, but cause less harm to the health of the baby. In addition, many of the home remedies are available and easy to prepare and use.
Involuntarily the question arises - how to remove worms from a child at home? But first, let's consider how the infection occurs and whether it is possible to determine that the child has worms.
The essence of the problem in children
Preschool children are most susceptible to parasitic infections through playing in the sandbox, playing with pets, and close contact with each other. In addition, they do not yet realize the need to thoroughly wash their hands and food before eating. This leads to easy infection and spread of pathology.
The most common helminths are pinworms, which settle in the intestines, and lay eggs in the folds of the anus. This leads to itching and disruption of the gastrointestinal tract. However, pinworms are not the most dangerous helminths that can settle in a baby's body: roundworms, whipworms, bovine and pork chains, liver flukes and other harmful creatures multiply rapidly and affect many vital organs. In addition to the violation of their integrity, patients often suffer from allergic reactions and intoxication.
To prevent serious health problems, treatment for helminthiasis should be started as soon as possible.
There are signs of infection that should alert parents:
- Anal itching, worse in the evening and at night;
- Increased or decreased appetite;
- Increased salivation;
- Violation of the bowel movement: frequent constipation or diarrhea;
- Nausea, dizziness and other signs of intoxication;
- Pallor of the skin;
- Decreased immunity;
- Rash on the thighs and forearms;
- Weakness, lethargy, sometimes - increased irritability.
Such manifestations of the disease may not occur simultaneously, but even some of them are a signal that the child needs to consult a pediatrician or an infectious disease specialist. If there is no doubt about the diagnosis, and the symptoms indicate that the parasites have recently entered the body, then self-therapy can be started to remove the worms.
Reasons for infection
Typically, intestinal worms enter the body through dirty hands, vegetables and fruits. In the course of their cognitive activity, children like to try everything "by the teeth", so the eggs of parasites, which had lived in the ground or sand for years, can freely enter the intestines. There they quickly develop into an adult capable of reproduction.
Females of worms lay thousands of eggs every day, which are hatched during natural bowel movements. For this reason, it is so important to wash your hands every time you use the toilet. Otherwise, the patient continues to infect himself for years, increasing the colony of parasites.
In some cases, parents are to blame for the appearance of worms in the intestines of children. The point is not only that they did not promptly explain why they should wash their hands before eating or after going to the toilet. Some types of worms enter the intestines with the meat of their previous owner (a cow or a pig), so if it is customary in the family to eat uncooked steaks or raw fish, then the child can swallow the worm at lunch or dinner, and after a week or two feel all the horrors of a worm infection …
Remedial measures: how to remove worms
The tactics of getting rid of worms depends on how pronounced the symptoms of the disease are. To choose the best remedies, it is advisable to consult a doctor, especially when it comes to young patients. The doctor will conduct an examination and examination, according to the results of which he will choose the appropriate medicines.
It will not be possible to purchase them on your own, since antihelminthic suspensions and tablets are sold only with a doctor's prescription. If parents are ready to take responsibility and refuse drug treatment, you can use proven folk recipes.
Hospital treatment is indicated only for those children whose worms have caused serious diseases of the internal organs. In other cases, the pharmacy helps to cure helminthiasis in babies at home. Priority choice drugs are Pirantel, Helmintox and Vormil.
These medicines are available in the form of tablets and syrup, which is convenient for patients of any age. They are designed for the treatment of very young patients, so they have a pleasant taste and mild action. The remedy is approved for the treatment of children, however, they have a number of contraindications and have a bad effect on the liver.
In addition, when carrying out the treatment of children from worms at home, absorbents must be used. They are designed to remove dead worms from the body as soon as possible, as well as to reduce the toxic effects of drugs. Safe for babies are Eubikor, EnterresGel, Polyphepan and the like. After the end of treatment, it is necessary to continue monitoring with an infectious disease specialist in order to prevent a relapse of the disease.
Non-traditional remedies against worms in children have been used for a long time and have proven themselves well.
An important condition: using them, you need to be sure that the child does not have secondary infections caused by parasites:
- Pumpkin seeds are a popular and rather pleasant way to get rid of intestinal parasites at home. They need to be eaten in 2-3 tbsp. spoons daily for 2 weeks;
- To enhance the effect, you can also use juices from fresh vegetables: carrots and beets. Eating these vegetables fresh is also good for getting rid of parasites in the intestines;
- Herbal infusions are pleasant and useful, they also help answer the question of how to treat worms at home in a child. To prepare a healing tea, you will need dry herb of chamomile, tansy, sage, peppermint. Children over 2 years old can use bitter wormwood. Medicinal plants can be combined according to personal preference and mixed in equal proportions. The mixture is poured with boiling water and insisted for 20 minutes, after which they filter and drink half a glass 2-3 times a day half an hour before meals;
- If the baby is not against garlic, then it should be used. To get rid of worms, you need to eat half a clove of this vegetable daily for 2 weeks. This technique is not the most pleasant for very young patients, but garlic phytoncides are very destructive for helminths, so this treatment is very effective.
Worm infestations are diseases that are easier to prevent than to cure. Although it can be difficult to avoid infection with worms, especially if the child attends preschool or constantly lives in the countryside.
However, accustoming your toddler to personal hygiene from an early age can reduce the likelihood of infection. Washing your hands before eating, after walking and after using the toilet helps to avoid infection with worms and related diseases. It is also necessary to explain to children that vegetables and fruits need to be washed before eating. This also applies to apples grown in your favorite dacha, and those bought at the nearest store or tent.
In addition, the baby should only eat safe and properly prepared meals. Heat treatment kills parasites and helps maintain the physical and mental health of all family members.