Most with children have come across the white little worms that can make nights sleepless and days itchy. There is no doubt that traditional medicines that the pediatrician will prescribe take the pinworms out at once, but it is well known that these are not recommended to use too frequently. So what should one do? Stick to natural remedies or go for the meds to stay sane? Here are some thoughts from an experienced Mom on both options.
The Natural Remedies
Natural medicine is not less potent just because it is called natural. Many regular meds are basically just chemical copies of the natural substances so one cannot claim that natural medicine is harmless. Before you start treating the pinworms with a natural remedy, you must carefully check what it includes and how this could affect your child. Natural remedies can be very effective but count on having to use them for a few weeks to see results. If you want things to move along faster you can always add your own tricks of garlic cloves and Vaseline to make the worms leave your child’s bottoms and intestines.
Anti-worm medicines are highly effective. After one shot of 5 cc the child is already sleeping all through the night. For many this is exactly what is needed and since the medicine is not considered dangerous it looks like the better alternative. If the worms are only around for a short period this might very well be your best options but it is important to realize that it takes more than medication to get rid of the white little thingies for good.
Food and Friends
If you treat your child but the rest of the kids in playgroup continue to scratch away, your child will be in touch with the eggs of the worms and thereby contract them again. The medicine might work for 2-3 weeks but then you are back to square 1. To many any treatment against pinworms effective, medical or natural, one must couple it with less intake of sugar, proper cleaning of the house, trimming nails short and making sure that hands are washed and clothes changed right after playgroup or school. This takes a lot of work but it will be effective.
Pinworms can make anyone feel tired. You wash and clean, and you use special methods to get rid of pinworms and yet they keep coming back. Suddenly you start to feel itchy and you wonder if you could have caught the pinworms from your child. It is disgusting to think about it but the truth is that an adult can get pinworms just like a child. The eggs are miniature and you won’t see if they are on your clothes, the couch, the table, a kitchen tool your child played with and so on…
I think I got them!
If you think you got the pinworms from your child you don’t have to feel alarmed about this. Pinworms are not dangerous and a grownup should be able to get rid of them fast. Make sure to increase your hand hygiene and especially when you treat your children for pinworms!
What to do…
If you are not crazily addicted to long finger nails it can be a very good idea to trim them short while dealing with pinworms. Long nails have a tendency to host all sorts of bacteria and unless you use a brush to clean them with each time you wash your hands, chances are that you have the pinworm eggs stuck under there.
Try to keep your hands out of your mouth! Even if you got the pinworms, you should be able to get rid of them by simply washing with soap and water for a few days and not give them the chance to get back into circulation. You can always use one of the treatments for pinworms that you offer your children. These will be just as effective on you.
Is it pinworms?
If you experience itching you might just be imagining. This is very common and it happens a lot when the kids get infested with lice. In fact, it is enough to speak about lice to feel an itch in the head so consider that you might be acting the same way with pinworms. It could be pinworms but don’t stress checking this out. If you just raise your level of personal hygiene to the strictest for a few days the itching should go away.
If it makes you feel better you can also do a quick rinse with the standard tools for colon cleanse that you can get over the counter in any pharmacy. However, don’t try this on your child as it might be a very frightening experience that serves no purpose when there are so many effective and easy methods for how to get rid of pinworms in children!
Before you start reading this article about how to get rid of pinworms, please, finish your drink and snack. This article is about the little white worms and their eggs, and even if the articles here on Expertmom.info try to keep a clean language, you are bound to read a thing or too in this article that might make you lose that appetite of yours…
Heaven save us, pinworms again...
Ok, you finished your drink and cinnamon roll, now you can get into the nitty gritty details of how to get rid of pinworms!
First things first…
Are you sure that these are really pinworms? The most common sign of pinworms is the itching, but there are other symptoms that could indicate that you have a case of worms at hands. Things like restlessness, the child keeps waking up, bed wetting, nightmares, grinding of teeth, and of course, complaints of bottoms that are hurting and itching, could all be sure signs of the little white thingies being hard at work. It is very important to remember 2 things here:
1. You will most likely not be able to spot a worm with your eyes since most of them are tiny and their eggs are microscopic.
2. Your child might not be able to express itching and might say that it is hurting in the bottoms which you might not understand properly so take any expressions of discomfort in this area as a suggestion of worms.
Yes, Silly Ass, that would be pinworms...
You always have the option of a medical treatment that your pediatrician can prescribe you. This is very simple. You give the child from the medicine twice in a span of a week to ten days, and then the worms are gone. This is effective and great, but the problem is that you haven’t really gotten rid of the source of the problem, namely the eggs. The eggs can survive for more than a month, and all they need is to get into someone’s mouth for the process to start again.
For the medical treatment to work, you need to couple it with complete spring cleaning of your house. This means that anything your child’s hands have touched during the past month must be washed and aired out. The next step is to ensure that your child will not touch anything in the house when coming home from playschool or school. Hands must be cleaned and clothes switched right as the child enters the home.
You might also want to treat the entire family with a family pinworm medicine at once to make the treatment truly effective.
You can also choose a natural method for getting rid of the pinworms. One could be to give the child a tincture of woodworm, woodworm pills, or something with similar effects during a month. These cures are usually very effective and a lot milder to your child’s body than the chemical treatments. Still, natural treatments demand the same cleanliness as the medical ones, at least if you want to see success that lasts. It doesn’t really matter if you choose to treat them with garlic, homeopathic drops or sugar strike; the worms will come back as long as the eggs stay in the vicinity!
Procedures you must follow to get rid of the pinworms:
1. Use some kind of treatment, choose natural or medical, and treat all children in your household that show signs of worms. If you can, discuss the issue with other parents or teachers to make sure that everyone makes a joint effort in getting rid of the worms.
2. Trim your child’s finger nails and get finger brushes for the sinks in your house. There should also be liquid soap available at every sink, and the child needs to learn to clean the fingers with soap and brush after the bathroom, and upon coming home from playschool and school.
3. Switch all bedding in your house. When the child is suffering from pinworms the eggs will end up wherever the child put his hands after itching. This means that beds are highly likely to contain thousands of these eggs. Clean out the bedrooms well, and do it more often during the treatment period.
4. Clean the toys by showering them down or laying them out in a very sunny place. The eggs are ruined in direct sunlight so this is an effective method for getting rid of them.
5. Try to establish a working communication where your child will tell you that it is itching without actually touching. When you hear this you need to immediately wash the bottoms with soap and water, and change underwear. This should be done even if you are woken up in the middle of the night because of the itching.
Remember that pinworms are not dangerous. They can’t harm you or your child, and you should be much more concerned by lice which is also a common problem picked up at school and in playschool. Just continue with the steps described above, and you will see that the worms won’t have the same hold on you and your family, even if they decide to show their ugly heads and tails again…
Things that can ease the discomfort
No matter what method of treatment that you pick for the pinworms to go away, you will see a relief of the symptoms pretty quickly. Still, if your child has been itching on the bottoms for a while, and is red in the area, you can soothe this by getting regular Vaseline. Each time you wash the bottoms with soap and water you add on a layer. The eggs will stick in this Vaseline and not be directly on your child’s skin which can make it much easier to deal with the worms and make them go away. Some even mix the Vaseline with some garlic to kill the worms in the process, and if you have the time and patience for it, it might very well be a great idea to go for. You can also try to reduce the sugar you give to your child to eat since this is something that the worms are feeding on.
Good luck and happy riddance of the little white ones!
Pinworms are very common and the good thing is that they are not dangerous. They won’t harm your child if they are treated witin reasonable time. Pinworms are difficult since they create a lot of discomfort which makes it hard for the child to sleep and concentrate. The constant itching can drive anyone crazy and when you realize that it is pinworms again you start to sigh and wonder if you should give medication again.
The chemical medication against pinworms is a pretty strong concoction which works effectively and if you had to use it once it is not much to talk about. But what happens when your child has the pinworms for the umpteenth time? You don’t want to continue with the medication so you start with natural treatments, some expensive in the nature store and others straight from your fridge.
If you wonder if you can treat pinworms with soap and water the answer is YES! Yes, it is possible to treat pinworms with soap and water but this demands a few conditions and these are:
You must have the time to wash your child’t bottoms when they are itching, night and day!
Your child must be old enough to understand not to touch their bottoms but come to you for a shower when it is itching down there.
You must have enough clean laundry to switch underwear, pants, and bed wear several times a day.
Does this sound like a lot of fuss? It is, but the great thing about treating pinworms with soap and water is that you don’t have to wait a month to see the results like with some of the natural remedies. As long as your child can cooperate on not touching the bottoms and you are willing to wash day and night, the problem can go away with this method. If you are 2 parents you can take turns in the nights when there will be a lot of service required since this is the time when the worms set out to lay their eggs.
Arm yourself with patience and go through the strategy with your child. A child around the age of 4 should be able to understand what you are trying to accomplish and be willing to cooperate to get rid of the itching. Good Luck!