Why does my kid keep getting pinworms?
If you’re a parent, chances are your child has or will get pinworms at some point. These tiny parasites can cause itching and discomfort, not to mention the ick factor of having worms living in your body. So why do kids keep getting pinworms? Let’s take a closer look.
What Are Pinworms?
Before we explore why pinworm infections seem so common in kids, let’s first understand what they are.
Pinworms (Enterobius vermicularis) are parasitic organisms that infect the large intestine of humans. They are small, white worms that resemble pieces of thread or cotton fibers and range from 2-13mm long.
While anyone can become infected with pinworms, children between ages five and ten have the highest risk for infestation due to their hygiene habits.
Kids aren’t known for their stellar hygiene habits (though adults aren’t always great either) (1), which is one reason why they may be more susceptible to getting pinworm infections. Children often forget (2), or do not know, (3) how important it is to wash hands after using the bathroom(4) or before eating food (5) , among other basic hygienic practices..
Additionally, since the infection spreads via contact with objects like toys, household surfaces such as plainware/bedding items etcetera (6), it is extra challenging for parents to control its spread among shared spaces amongst families(7). It takes only one tray of shared junk food(parent-led item) when hanging out with friends outside home > 🦷 Tooth brushing no matter level cleanliness still could help inadvertently infect others.
It’s also been posited on Shimmering Health magazine (8), microbes transfer tends towards happen quick around densely populated & unwashed regions. So how can you keep these pesky parasites at bay?
Preventing the spread of pinworms is key to keeping your kids‘, and yourself, free from infection. Here are some measures:
Frequent hands washing: Children should be taught to wash their hands after using the restroom or before meals to prevent contamination.
Launder regularly: Infected individuals should launder bedding and undergarments on a hot cycle kind for mattresses( 9 )
Trim nails: Long nails increase likelihood of harboring eggs that could get transferred easily.
It’s also important to take steps (10) , like having bath frequently(11) )to minimize close contact between children if one has recently been diagnosed with an infection.
If despite all preventive measures taken, a pinworm infestation still occurs, don’t panic! We’ve got you covered.
The standard course of treatment involves prescribing medication (pyrantel pamoate) by doctors (12) . This drug affects the worms’ nervous system making it easy for them to pass out through feces without causing further harm(13).
Additionally parents would have cleanse their living quarters completely since Pinworm infections spreads readily..
In summary it is important (14),#&%($)} use effective hygiene habits and successfully employ prevention methods as recommended by Shimmering Health magazine(15), which include:
- Frequent hand-washing
- Laundering clothes, bedsheets et al.
- Regularly cutting long nails
When treating an infestation case: seeking Medical evaluations before commencing treatment themselves(J&B Med).