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Children are a blessing for parents. When children are happy, parents are thrilled and often brag about their "forever smiling child." However, when children are either ill or upset, parents might find themselves wondering, "what just happened?"
Toddlers often lose their smiles and cry when they feel pain and discomfort. Both pain and discomfort are usually the cause of a larger problem. In some cases, intestinal worms can be a possible cause of discomfort in toddlers
Intestinal worms in toddlers can be present due to many possible reasons. Children who play in soil can often be infected with thread worms, hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms and whip worms.
It is also possible to get infected with worms by walking on bare sand, being in close contact with infected water, eating infected foods and consuming infected drinks.
Eating food that is undercooked or consuming food that is prepared in an unhygienic way are other possible causes of an infection. Not maintaining a set standard of hygiene is also another cause of worms in toddlers.
Continue reading to know which are the common symptoms of worms in toddlers.
The following paragraphs will also help you understand the effects of intestinal worms on your child's health. Don't stop reading here, as the treatment to these intestinal worms is also mentioned below.
Common Symptoms Of Intestinal Worms In Toddlers
Mild weight loss
Loss of appetite
Severe Symptoms Of Intestinal Worms In Kids
Anaemia caused by Hookworms
Itching around the anus
Sleeplessness due to the itching
A rash due to hives
Vomiting and diarrhoea (immediate medical attention)
Effects Of Intestinal Worms In Toddlers
Intestinal worms are parasites. These parasites survive by sucking vitamins and other nutrition out of your child's body. This can in-turn cause malnutrition amongst other issues.
Children who are malnourished grow lesser when compared to healthy children. Children who are infected with intestinal worms also become more vulnerable to diseases.
A lower immunity when combined with malnutrition and anaemia can cause long-term adverse effects on your child's health.
Treatment Of Intestinal Worms In Kids
Treatment can only begin successfully when a few tests have been conducted. The common tests include an examination, sticky tape test or checking under the fingernails for worms and dirt. A cotton bud swab or an ultrasound test might be ordered only in certain cases.
Intestinal worms in children between the ages of 1 and 3 years can be easily treated. Once the paediatrician confirms that your child has a certain type of a worm, he/she will prescribe a de-worming treatment. This treatment usually involves taking tablets, solutions and other types of oral medication. It is important to wait for a paediatrician to give a treatment plan, as the active ingredient will change depending on the type of worm found.
During and even after treatment, it is important to follow some precautionary measures. Changing your child's diaper, a minimum of twice to thrice in a day, is important. Keeping your toilet seat clean, cutting your child' nails short and keeping him/her clean are other important things that you should take care of.