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Pinworms and my 4 year old

post #1 of 7
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Hi,

I've posted about my pre-schooler's fits before. My husband and I highly suspect that she still suffers the effects of a mild but scary neurological reaction to her second set of vaccines as an infant.

She is very prone to tantrums...and lately they have been getting better. Only 1 fit/day on average...which is really good for her as just a few months ago she was tantruming 8-10 times/day which was leaving me crying and practically insane, lol.

Well, I wanted to ask here about pinworms, because I believe she has a case of them. Her fits seem to cycle in and out every few weeks, and during the times that she is having frequent fits she will often scratch her rear end a lot. Right now she has a bumpy rash on her little hiney which I put cream on tonight. We suspected pinworms a few months ago and my Dh went out and got some OTC pinworm medication and we gave it to her. She seemed to feel better the next day, but that was about it. She never really got better long-term.

We've never taken her to a pediatrician to get her tested for it, and we're reluctant to do so because we're not really fond of scripts, interventions, etc.

Can anyone suggest some natural approaches to getting rid of pinworms, and has anyone experienced this who can share some advice?

Thanks!
post #2 of 7
We haven't had issues with pinworms in our house, but my nephew had them a long, long time ago (he's 19 now). I was visiting my sister when he had them and I remember that the doctor said that when they scratch, they get them on their hands and transfer them around, reinfecting. I remember being really grossed out because he said that my nephew probably scratched his bottom, then touched things like plates and we should be tested too. Ick! He had my sister wash EVERYTHING cloth, including having all of her furniture shampooed and had him take OTC medication to get rid of the parasite. They did do a swab to rule out any other problems.
post #3 of 7
Pinworms are big in NZ, as we're an agricultural nation. Talk about ugh, not something I expected to have to deal with when I moved here.

Anyhow, my little nephew has had some serious growth issues and is a stick. They'd run all sorts of tests on him but it was eventually a naturopath who discovered that he had a major worm infestation. It's common to give prophalactic treatments every six months or so, but it wasn't enough. Apparently when there's an active infestation you need frequent doses to break the life cycle of the parasite, which makes sense. I personally think that some of his behavioural oddities can be attributed to this, as well. He was essentially malnourished from the extent of the infestation and that is never good for one's development, physical or mental.

If you're leery of MD's, then try the holistic healer route. Get thee to a naturopath or the like, they're pretty used to dealing with worms and from what I've heard, are more experienced than alleopaths in that area. But I wouldn't let this go on for too long, my poor little nephew was 5 and shorter than my then 3 year old (who granted is tall, but not THAT tall) and his ribs were poking out. They think the infestation had been going on for years. You don't want this slowly worsening the way he did.
post #4 of 7
There's a long thread somewhere in Health & Healing about pinworms. I'll come back and post the link if I can find it.
-e
post #5 of 7
Aviva Jill Romm's book: http://www.amazon.com/Naturally-Heal...4584111&sr=1-1
has a really good section on worms. I remember that scrupulous cleaning is a big part of it- lots of laundry, vacuuming, etc. Maybe you can get a hold of it at the library.
I also remember that behavioral issues can truly be attributed to worms. Good luck to your family.
post #6 of 7
There are a lot of ways if you google to get rid of pinworms. However, I would not waste time on them until you know that you are dealing with them. Have your child sleep without underpants You need to go in when it's dark and he's sleeping with a flashlight, and have a look at his anus so as to surprise the worms.
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Originally Posted by pigpokey View Post
There are a lot of ways if you google to get rid of pinworms. However, I would not waste time on them until you know that you are dealing with them. Have your child sleep without underpants You need to go in when it's dark and he's sleeping with a flashlight, and have a look at his anus so as to surprise the worms.

I agree. You should be able to see those suckers. They come out at bedtime.
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