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Intestinal worms in children, transmission, symptoms and treatment

Intestinal worms in children, transmission, symptoms and treatment

Intestinal worms are a parasitic disease commonly encountered in childhood. It is a contagious infection that affects the intestines of children, but which can be successfully prevented by a few simple hygiene measures. Here's how the worms manifest themselves, how they are transmitted to children and what therapeutic measures are taken in the case of this parasite!

Mode of transmission of intestinal worms in children

Your baby can get intestinal worms from a lot of sources. Parasitosis occurs especially against the background of not learning the essential rules of hygiene in children and by ingesting foods washed incorrectly. Worm eggs are deposited on surrounding objects and on the child's body by touching and contacting contaminated objects.

When the child puts a handle on such objects and then puts them in the mouth, the eggs of the parasites reach the intestines. There they multiply and turn into worms, which can reach tens of centimeters in length, depending on the type of parasite they suffer.

The female worm lays several eggs, which in turn turn into worms and are stored around the anus. They have the shape of some thicker strands of white thread and are easy to notice in children's chairs. Therefore, the child may become infected and may develop worms when eating incorrectly washed fruits and vegetables, when coming into direct contact with another infected child or touching their objects, but also from wells or ponds with unsafe water.

Symptoms of intestinal worms in children

Worms, and in general intestinal parasites, can live in the intestines for long periods of time, without showing any symptoms. When I do, the main symptoms are:

• abdominal cramps and pain in the belly area (a relevant symptom);
• fatigue;
• I miss anal;
• decreased appetite;
• sleep problems;
• anemia;
• headaches;
• chair with worms;
• raincoats;
• nocturnal bruxism (brushing teeth at night);
• irritability;
• inflammation of the vagina (in the girls).

Treatment of intestinal worms

Intestinal worms do not require hospitalization of the child or special medical measures, unless they have less than 2 anisors. Otherwise, the child is treated as an outpatient.

Diet modification is the main measure against parasites "housed" in the intestines of the child. Try to enter the child's menu pomegranates, beets and carrots. They are foods with special properties for destroying intestinal parasites. It also adds foods high in fiber foods, such as whole grain products, because it helps clean the worm gut.

The child needs the administration of supplements with probiotics, essential for preventing the multiplication and development of parasites. And digestive enzymes (such as papaya - found in papaya), consumed 30 minutes before each meal, are essential in eliminating and escaping intestinal worms.

Administration of Vitamin C and zinc helps strengthen the immune system, stimulating the body to fight infection. In case you suspect the presence of intestinal worms in the child, go to the pediatrician to prescribe an appropriate and personalized treatment, based on his medical and nutritional needs.

Types of intestinal worms in children


Oxies are the most common variety. They are small (under 1 cm), white, thin like a needle tip. They parasitize the intestines, but exit during the night through the anus to lay eggs in the envelopes of the skin around it. They can be discovered at this level or in the chair. Because of this the baby's sleep may be disturbed and he has a tendency to scratch.


It looks a lot like frames. Suspicion of ascarid infestation occurs when one is discovered in the child's seat. Ascaris usually do not give symptoms that bother the child unless they are in large numbers.

Ancylostoma duodenalae

They meet very often and can cause malnutrition and anemia. The disease is contacted if you go barefoot on an infested soil.

Has your child ever made worms? What measures did you take and how did you manage to get rid of these parasites? Tell us your opinions in the comments section below!

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