Every parent wishes to give their child a better environment and a healthy life. Presence of worms in the stomach or intestine of your kid can shatter this wish of yours. These worms badly affect the growth and development (How to help your baby in growth and development?) of kids. The main cause behind this issue is unclean environment which takes a serious toll on the kids’ health. The World Health Organization stated that “soil transmitted helminth (STH) infections are among the most common infections in humans, caused by a group of parasites commonly referred to as worms, including three main types that are roundworms, whipworms and hookworms. These intestinal worms can severely affect the child’s nutrition and growth.” For food and survival, these worms reside in the human intestine where they produce thousands of eggs every day. Consumption of vegetables grown in contaminated soil, drinking or washing hands with polluted water or playing in ground where soil carries these worms and pets with infections are some of the potential sources from where your child can get these worms. There is an increased number of awareness worldwide about deworming for children. It is important to identify the symptoms in children to prevent growth deficiency and infant mortality. Right from the age of two, you should deworm your child regularly. It is important to deworm kids at least once every six months. Children with worm infestations need repeated deworming. This can help your child to increase his/her nutritional (Nutrition for kids) uptake. If it is ignored, these worms are able to form cysts in the liver (How to take care of your kids liver health?) and lungs which can lead to pneumonia and some neurological disorders. So, it is really important to keep a close check on your kids to figure out the symptoms as early as possible and start deworming kids accordingly.
Why is deworming important for kids?
- It helps in boosting immune system
- Helps control infections
- Keep the child active and healthy
- Boost growth and development
Symptoms that your child is affected by these worms
- Feeling hungry every time
- Complaining sore tummy
- Loss in weight or loss of appetite
- Itching in anal region
- Blood in stool
- Frequent urination
- Irritating itchiness, Rashes in buttocks
- Fatigue and lethargy
Effects of worms on kids overall well being
These intestinal worms affect kids in several ways. Anemia is the most common effect as these worms feed on host tissues, including blood. It results in loss of iron (How to overcome iron deficiency?) and protein (What are some easy nuts and seeds for protein?). Children often suffer from malnutrition because these worms interrupt the process of absorption of nutrients (What is the required nutrition for kids?) through the small intestine.
Some safety measures
Children who are exposed to an unclean environment or are in direct contact with soil are more likely to have these intestinal worms. Dirty hands, toys, and tools are easy instruments for transmission of these parasites through hands to mouth and at the end they enter the body and intestine. Some precautionary measures should be taken to prevent your kids from these worms.
- Keep the surroundings clean
- Develop cleaning habits among kids
- Don’t allow kids to play barefoot in grass or mud
- Ensure that kid is using clean swimming pool
- Wash fruits and vegetables properly before consumption
- Never use Fruit and vegetable that has infested part
- Never allow your child to drink water from contaminated tank
- Never serve semi cooked meat or vegetables.
10th February is celebrated as National Deworming Day in India. It aims at eradicating the intestinal parasites among children in the age group of 1- 19 years. There are some medications provided to deworm kids. All of them are safe to use. But it’s always better if one could find some natural ways to get rid of these worms. There are some foods that may help in deworming kids naturally.
Foods to get rid of intestinal worms
Pumpkin seeds: Pumpkin seeds are used as a traditional remedy to treat intestinal parasites. They are rich in an amino acid called cucurbitacin. It is anti parasitic in nature and helps to paralyze worms in the digestive tract. After that they easily get eliminated through stool. Recent study has also shown that pumpkin seeds can help in parasite removal- especially tapeworms. (Pumpkin seeds millet crackers recipe)
Papaya seeds: Papaya seeds contain a variety of essential micronutrients. It has strong anthelmintic and antiamoebic properties which mean they have the ability to kill intestinal parasites in your digestive tract. A study found that papaya seeds with honey have a positive impact on removal of intestinal parasites. You can mix papaya seeds powder with honey in warm water and can give the child empty stomach in the morning for better results. (Importance of liver health)
Garlic: Garlic has some very effective antiseptic and anti parasite properties that helps to destroy intestinal worms and their eggs. It not only kills the existing eggs but also prevents female pin worms from laying more eggs. Regular use of garlic can help to prevent oxidation caused by parasite toxins. (How to increase breast milk production?)
Turmeric: Turmeric is well known for having antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. These qualities help in eliminating any of the intestinal worms. Drinking buttermilk with a tsp of turmeric daily can help in deworming your children. (Foods to boost your kids immunity?)
Carrots: Carrots are great source of vitamin A and beta-carotene. This orange vegetable can help to deworm your kid. Beta-carotene has ability to destroy the eggs of intestinal worms. Eating it raw after washing properly can is best home remedy for deworming kids. Carrot scrapes the mucus which is home for these parasites. It helps to push away these worms out of the intestine. (Foods and recipes for 6 months old baby)
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