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Worms??  Does my child have a parasite?  What are the signs to look out for and what to do about it.

Signs of worms in children

Knowing if your child has a parasitic infection or ‘worms’ can be tricky to determine. Firstly there are several signs and symptoms to look out for:

  • Itchy bottom especially at night
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Irritability
  • Crankiness
  • Mood swings
  • Temper
  • Avoidance of food
  • Poor digestion
  • Nose picking
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Diarrhoea or abnormal stools
  • Hyperactivity
  • Aggression

But how do I know for sure? One interesting way to look for parasites is to check around the child’s anus at night with a torch, perhaps tell the child what you are doing first, but worms like to come out and play at night time, like an annoying possum on the roof, and will be seen easily with a torch. A less invasive way is to have the child’s stool tested for parasites with a pathology lab. This will show what types of parasites and the best method of treating. Sometimes parasites migrate from the bowel at night into the genitourinary system and cause even more symptoms.

Treating worms in children

If the tests show a parasitic infection then a treatment plan including antimicrobials and antiparasitc supplements can commence to restore the child back to happy health. Foods such as garlic and turmeric and lots of added herbs and targeted probiotic therapy and pharmacy medicines can eradicate worms. Reducing sugar and high G.I. carbs will reduce the parasite’s food source and supporting the liver and digestive system will keep a healthy gut and limit reinfestation.

Wash hands, cut nails short, worm your pets and offer healthy food choices to provide the best defence. If you think your child has symptoms of a parasite make an appointment with me and we can create a treatment plan to suit.

Happy kids, happy home!

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