Our household had to deal with Pinworms last week. You might be thinking what? Oh that is gross! Pinworms are actually quite common in childhood, but I'm surprised how many parents have no idea what Pinworms are.
This is how it happened....
I came home from a rare date night to find my 3 year old Jax asleep. I had no idea if he had went to the bathroom or not before bed so I decided to play it safe and put a pull up on him. I noticed he had been scratching his butt so I decided to take a look while he was asleep.....that is when I saw the Pinworms in his butt crack! 😫 Yes they were right there! I'm assuming someone else in my son's class had them...fingers crossed they were treated like we treated our family to prevent from spreading to others.
Thankfully we caught them, treated our entire family, and we are good now! Most say that after you are treated you are good within 24 hours.
What are they?
Pinworms are the most common intestinal worm infection. They are thin, white and small in size usually (1/4 to 1/2 inch). Around 20% of people in the United States will experience Pinworms in their life time. Children are the population most at risk. Pinworms can infect anyone! Remember this has nothing to do with cleanliness.
Female Pinworms come out of the anus at night to lay eggs in the folds of the skin. This is why I noticed the Pinworms at night on my son.
How Do You Get Pinworms?
When a person breathes in or swallows the eggs causes you to have Pinworms. Once swallowed, the eggs hatch in the intestine and within 2 weeks or so they are considered adults. The person infected will often scratch their butt and the eggs are now on the hands and
under the nails to spread to other surfaces.
Itching in the vaginal area
Itching around the anus area and butt
Abdominal Pain and Nausea
Restlessness at night trouble sleeping
You may see the worms in bowel movements
Checking Your Own Children
Before the child takes a bath or uses the restroom in the morning take a piece of scotch tape and put the sticky side against the anus (eggs will attach)
Check child for visible worms in the morning when first waking
Check child's anus/butt at night with a flash light while sleeping (female pinworms are very active at night)
Look at bowel movements to see if worms are visible
While I always strive and promote more natural remedies this is one time.....I opted for the over the counter medication from Walmart. I did research and the consensus seemed to be this is one time herbal remedies were not recommended unless pregnant or breastfeeding. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you can easily take 2-3 raw garlic cloves daily for 6 weeks.
When one family member has Pinworms the entire family must be treated all at once.
As a family we took this medication Reese's .
We did end up needing two boxes of the medication so be sure and look at dosing to figure out how much you need for your entire family.
Wash hands before eating and after using the bathroom
Take a bath as soon as waking in the morning due to female worms laying eggs at night.
Wash all clothes, bedding, night clothes, underwear, towels, and wash cloths in hot water
Keep finger nails cut short
Disinfect and clean all bathrooms especially the toilets.
I honestly debated on whether to "out" our family for battling Pinworms, however, there is nothing to be ashamed of and parents need to know how to diagnose Pinworms and the treatment involved.
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