Published on Jun 04, 2018 and last reviewed on Feb 11, 2019 - 2 min read
Worm infestations are one of the major causes of stomach pain in children. Worms tend to live in the digestive tracts and feed off of the host's nutrition. This article talks about worm infestation and the importance of deworming.
Worms are parasites living in the different organ systems of the hosts and feed off of their nutrition. There are certain parasites, whose hosts are us, humans. They may also infest other organs of the body, but in humans, most commonly they infest the digestive tract. While parasitic infestations are not as predominant in developed countries, it is endemic to developing countries in the tropics and sub-tropics, especially in areas that are overcrowded and without proper sanitation.
What Are the Symptoms?
What Are the Causes?
The parasites which cause severe symptoms are:
How Do Worms Spread?
As children are exposed to the environment during outdoor play, they are most susceptible to get infested. They frequently get exposed by the following modes:
- Touching contaminated soil.
- Petting infested animals.
- Lack of personal hygiene.
- Not following proper handwash routine and techniques.
- Intake of contaminated food or water.
How Is It Treated?
Once worm infestation is confirmed by the doctor using blood tests, stool examination or imaging tests, deworming treatment in the form of anti-parasitic medications such as Albendazole, Mebendazole, and Ivermectin are prescribed by the doctor to be taken once. A repeat dose after a period of six months may be given.
How to Prevent Worm Infestation?
Since these parasites depend on our nutrition for their survival, they can cause anemia, malnutrition, and stunted growth periods. It is therefore imperative to prevent them in the first place or they can have long-term effects on the health. Prevention is through the maintenance of proper hygiene measures:
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Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Regarding the eosinophils increase, it could be due to allergic condition or parasitic infection. So do you have any remarkable symptoms like for example coughing,sneezing, etc.? As for the elevated TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone), it is subclinical hypothyroidism... Read Full
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Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, you can give him Albid (Albendazole) 10 ml at night before sleep. But, I suggest you to give syrup Bandy Plus (combination of Albendazole and Ivermectin) 10 ml at night before sleep. Because, Albid contains only Albendazole while Bandy Plus contains Albendaz... Read Full
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Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The amount of food eaten would vary from child to child. Decreased intake, fussy child, and worm infestation are commonest causes for decreased weight gain. I would suggest a deworming for your baby. A single dose of Syrup Albendazole 400 mg will suffice. Also, I wo... Read Full
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