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Thread worms are tiny worms. They are about 1 cm in length, and look like white cotton threads. You catch thread worms by swallowing the eggs. These hatch out in your intestine and quickly develop into adult worms. The female worms pop out of your anus at

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      04.09.2009 09:34
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      common illness not to be ashamed about

      I have two wonderful young children and as both attend either school or playgroup. Knowing a bit about childrens infestations, I stocked up on nit combs and lotions ready for the little critters. However my shock and horror occurred when the little critter's appeared but not on thier heads. Yes I'm talking about worms!!! I didn't really know much about threadworms and had to do research on them so let me tell you about the condition and then tell you about my experience with them. Threadworms.... Thread worms are tiny little worms that infect your gut and are between 2mm and 13mm long. They are usually harmless but can be uncomfortably due to the fact that they wriggle out of your bum at night and lay eggs just outside your back passage. Threadworms live in your gut for up to 6 weeks and the eggs can live for 2 weeks so it is important to get them treated. If you have a large infestation of threadworms they can cause a stomach ache but my children only had a mild case of them. In girls thread worms can spread by laying eggs in the vagina and urethra. How to spot them... Usually you will see the in the stools however the only way I found my son had the was to check his anus myself. To do this they recommend checking at night when child is asleep however I asked my son if he didn't mind me having a peep at around 8.30 and sure enough I saw a little wiggling thread like worm popping out. It did make me feel a bit sick knowing my child had worms and my son being a typical boy thought it was cool. Symptoms are usually just an itchy bottom so if your child has a itchy bum and it is constant, it's worth checking for threadworms. If they are found medication can be perscribed or brought over the counter and it is recommended to treat the whole family. This will kill the worms inside your gut but good hygiene is required to kill the eggs on your body and in your bed and clothes. To prevent treadworms encourage hand washing and discourage nail biting and finger sucking as eggs are swallowed. My son contacted threadworms and was treated however I didn't treat my daught who was only about 10 months at the time. She was in nappies and I didn't see anything in her stools however about 2 weeks later I did notice the worms around her vagina. This time however I treated everyone and I boiled washed all towels and bedding. I hoovered their beds and my own just incase and we have not had another case 2 years on. I would shamefully admit I too had worms and treated myself aswell. Thats why in is inportant to treat all in family as thredworms don't just happen to children it affects adults too. I think there is a lot of stigma about threadworms and headlice but what we need to remember they are common but we prefer not to talk about them in fear of being seen as dirty. There is no need to be ashamed as they are common but ensuring good handwashing practice will reduce the risk of getting thread worms.

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        28.05.2008 22:35
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        A couple of tablets and obsessive hygiene will soon deal with them

        No-one likes talking about worms. The idea of tiny little white worms, each one only a few millimetres in size, living in your body, creeping out of your bum in the night to lay their eggs... is your bottom itching yet? It's picked up by swallowing the eggs, and most often found among kids. This is pretty much because kids hang out with other kids, and they are the most likely folk to scratch their bottoms if they itch and then touch food without washing their hands, or to touch something and then put their hands in their mouths. That doesn't mean adults can't catch them though. From kids, from family members, or from buying fast food from somewhere with less than ideal hygiene... it's not hard, unfortunately. You might notice little worms when you go to the loo, but the most obvious symptom is a desperately itchy bottom. It's worse at night, because that's when they tend to come out to lay eggs but that won't mean you don't get the urge to scratch at the most embarrassing moment. Luckily, it's easy to treat. Most chemists sell four tablets to treat them for about £5 - take one, and if it still itches a few weeks later, take another. Treat the whole family - if one person has them its likely others have, and you don't want to keep passing them on to each other. Practice obsessive handwashing, and cut nails short so eggs can't get stuck in them. It's not a nice condition, but it is, thankfully, one you can deal with. There's no reason to suffer overlong with this one.

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          13.10.2001 01:59
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          I have seen so many mothers panic at the discovery of their children having thread worms. Quite understandably, we all shudder at the thought. But it is really a common infection and can be treated just as easily. It is not caused by being dirty, it is just the same as catching any infection. This just sounds horrible. SYMPTOMS- If you child has severe itching of their bottoms and little white worms in their poo then the chances are they have thread worms. If a child has a healthy appertite and does not put on weight it does not mean they have worms. (some people think this is a symptom) CURE- If you have a child under two then they need to see the doctor. For over three years old you can buy a treatment called pripsen. It contains two tablets. One to be taken straight away and the second to be taken two weeks later. Ask the pharamacist for advice and also treat the whole family. It is a very contageous infection. Beware if anyone is epileptic or on any medication. REMEMBER- Change all the bed sheets, keep finger nails short as they can live underneath if contact has been made whilst scratching and wash hands thoroughly if scratching has occured. (and everytime they have gone to the tiolet). Give everyone there own towel to prevent spreading between the family. Also remember to let the school know as they may get reinfected by someone else at school. The doctor can give you the treatment for free as it can work out to be very expensive if the whole family needs treating.

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            09.10.2001 18:25
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            Worms. What a skin crawling thought. even the word Thread worms feels me with dread. Thinking of little white things wiggling around your anus at night. Hold on you say, back up a word or two. Anus?? You thought worms were just found in the ground didnt you? Well I'm really sorry but thread worms aren't those common things you find nestling in the garden. No sirre. Thread worm infestation is caused by the roundworm Enterobius vermicularis and is the most common parasitic worm infestation affecting humans in the UK. Usually, infestation occurs by ingesting worm eggs in contaminated food, on fingers, or in house dust. If they are swallowed, the eggs develop into adult thread worms in the intestine. These thread worms come out to play at night and the females lay their eggs around the anus. This causes intense itching. So much so it can keep you or whoever up all night running to and from the toilet constantly getting a piece of toilet roll for light relief. If you happen to have a scratch without toilet roll or don't wash your hands after, then these eggs can be transferred onto your hands and onto someone else's hands. Urggghhh, another reason why you should have good hygiene isn't it. Unfortunately thread worms are very very common in our younger generation. Namely preschoolers. This is because most children are not totally aware of hygiene rules, especially toilet hygiene. All the want to do is get to the toilet as fast as possible so they don't miss the next installment of their friends playing in the home making corner. So rule number one for your children as soon as they are potty training, if not before, is to make washing of hands important. BEFORE eating and AFTER toileting. Prevention is better than cure right? Well most of the time anyway. If you child knows the importance of hygiene then they are less likely to become infected with tread worms, but you cant rule it out of your life. Even if your child is washing their hands, it only takes one child who isn't that has got thread worms and the whole class/group could get it. For as well as teaching your child to have good hygiene skills, you must also teach them to stop putting their fingers in or near their mouths. This is extremely hard to do as most children use their fingers to eat with. Not necessarily full meals but at nursery they do have fruit or biscuits as a snack. So as you can see Thread worms is highly infectious and can sweep through children as fast as you can say "Tinky Winky!" If you son or daughter complains about a very itchy bottom or you get a letter from preschool/nursery about thread worms DON'T PANIC!! They are really easy to get rid of and are fairly harmless to the human system. In very severe cases thread worms can cause stomach upsets or appendicitis but these complications are relatively rare. Symptoms are usually an itch bottom, usually around the anal area. Sometimes if you check your child stool (poo) then you might see tiny, white, thread like things. These are the thread worms. If you check your child's anus you might see some whitish, yellow eggs around the entrance. You can wipe these away with a piece of toilet tissue with a little bit of Vaseline on it. This will stop the laying of eggs for a little while at least. The next stage of treatment is to phone your GP and tell him what you have found. They might either prescribe something over the phone and you can pick up the prescription in a few hours or they might want to check it out first. Most GPs will just prescribe something over the phone so you can pick it up later in the day. The unfortunate thing about thread worms is that if one of you are infected then the whole family have to be treated. Bit like nits really, but thread worms can be dispelled easier. Usually you are prescribed Vermox, a liquid suspension which you take one dose when you get it ( 5 ml usually) and anothe r within 14 days. The single dose kills all the worms within the intestine in one go but its important to repeat to dose after 14 days to kill any eggs that might of hatched just after you had the first dose. The whole life cycle from egg to worm to egg is about 14 days so don't forget that second dose or you will find that you will be re infected.. Vermox can be taken for anyone who is over a year old, but if like me who had a young baby, they need to be treated too. Lucy was only 11 months when Jess had an attack of thread worms so we had to use a powder to make sure than Lucy didnt get it. Pripsen came in two sachets which had to be mixed with water and given as a drink to an infant. Again the second dose had to be given 14 days after to stop re infection. I must stress that if your family is subjected to thread worms you ALL have to take a dose. Even if you have a very young baby, don't forget to ask the GP if that baby needs anything precautionary. Don't just say Ok we shall take just one medication for the whole family because most adult medication are not suitable for young children. It can cause complications such as fits, liver damage or other serious complications. SO ASK! I must say that after just one dose, 14 days later we were all clear, but we have just had a letter form nursery saying its on the loose again. So I have to keep an eye out but so far Jess isn't showing any symptoms. To minimise the risk of getting thread worms teach your child to; Washing of hands after toilet and before eating anything Washing of hands if they touch their bottom You can also minimise the spread of thread worms at home by washing bedding at 60c degrees wash. Make sure your child wears bottoms in bed, whether it be pajama bottoms or knickers/pants as eggs from anus can be rub of onto sheets. Change bedding and child's night wear every night while infected until you know it has cleared up. You can also put a little Vaseline around your child's anus to stop the thread worms laying more eggs. Follow the same rules if you yourself get infected, so you can minimise the risk of getting re infected. I just want to add that if your child does get thread worms it isn't a refection on your hygiene and you are certainly not dirty. Thread worms are just a very common preschool disorder, very much like coughs, colds, nits and chicken pox. Children have very close contact indeed with each other. So its best to just make them aware of good hygiene skills. and hopefully you will never see thread worms apart from on those programmes on Tv about them. GOOD LUCK

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