How to spot and how to get rid of Threadworms
Here’s all you need to know to find out if your kid has threadworms, the symptoms and how you can get rid of them with treatment.
Threadworms are a relatively common condition with children and whilst not harmful, can be spread very easily.
Threadworm Symptoms & Signs – How To Check For Threadworms
Threadworms are small white worms, which cab look like pieces of thread or thin string, can be found in the stool of your child. They can also be spotted around your child’s bottom.
Threadworms in Children with typically come out at night, whilst you’re sleeping to lay their Threadworm Eggs and the most common sign is itching around the genitals and bottom.
Because of this they can often cause irritation and waking up during the night, this can especially be the case for Threadworms in Toddlers.
Some less common Threadworm Symptoms include weight loss, wetting the bed and irritated skin around the bum. Keep the above in mind and you will know how to check for threadworms.
How Do You Get Threadworms?
Threadworms are spread from child to child when their eggs are swallowed. They will lay eggs around the bottom, which in turn make it itchy. When scratching the itch the Threadworm eggs get stuck on your fingers or under your fingernails. They can then be passed on to anything you touch and be ingested.
Eggs can pass from person to person when they touch these surfaces and will hatch in roughly two weeks.
Threadworm Treatment & Medicine
You do not need to visit your GP to get Threadworm Treatment, we have many types of Threadworm Medicine available online with quick delivery. If your child is under the age of two or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding then please be sure to mention so we can ensure the treatment your order is safe for your consumption.
Over-the-counter threadworm medicine is available in a variety of forms, such as a chewable threadworm tablet or a liquid. Due to how easily it is for Threadworms to spread everyone in the household needs to take the Threadworm Medicine, not just those who are seemingly affected.
While the Threadworm Medicine will kill the worms it won’t kill all the eggs, which could mean that in two week time when they hatch you could be back to where you started
How to Avoid getting Threadworms
In order to best avoid getting Threadworms we compiled a list of a few do’s and don’t for around your home.
- Wash your hands and scrub your fingernails, especially just before eating or after using the toilet
- Encourage your children to wash their hands regularly and thoroughly
- Have a bath or shower first thing every morning
- Remember to rinse your toothbrushes before you use them
- Be sure to clip your fingernails and try to keep them short
- Wash PJs or any night clothes, bed sheets, towels and soft toys often at a normal temperature
- Disinfect all kitchen and bathroom surfaces, especially during foo preparation
- Vacuum and dust with a damp cloth to remove any eggs
- Ensure children wear underwear at night and remember to change it in the morning
- Share towels or flannels between different people
- Shake clothing or bedding as to avoid spreading threadworm eggs to other areas
- Bite nails or suck thumbs or fingers
- Touch your mouth or the surrounding area
- Eat food with your hands
Threadworms In Children
We hope you found to above useful in both how to spot threadworms in children, and how to treat threadworms in your household.
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to reach out to our team and we’d be happy to help. You can browse our full range of Threadworm Tablets, Liquids and other medicines online.