9 Signs Your Baby Has a Worm Infection and How To DE-WORM Him
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Health & Safety for New Born, Baby
Our little babies are very delicate and susceptible to infections. This is because their immune system is still developing and not strong enough to fight off germs. One common but distressing problem many babies face is a worm infection. An infestation of worms means that your baby has caught worms and that they are actually present in his intestine!
A worm infection is a common problem for babies. Your baby could have caught worms while crawling on the floor and putting something unclean in his mouth, or due to exposure to contaminated water or food. It is very easy for worms to infect our little ones, and once the eggs hatch, they will grow and lay even more eggs in your baby's body. This can be upsetting, and a cause of worry for us as parents, due to their adverse effects on your baby's health.
How Worms Can Affect Your Baby
Over a period, an infestation of worms in children can lead to:
Weak immune system
Harmful effects on physical and intellectual development
Symptoms of Worms in Children
Timely diagnosis of worms in children is essential to prevent any long-term effects on their health and development. Watch out for the following signs of worms in your child:
Sore Tummy and Irritable Behaviour
Due to worms in the intestinal tract, your child may experience tummy aches on a regular basis. Additionally, due to the sore tummy and discomfort in intestinal tract, your child may develop easily irritable behaviour too
Weight Loss Despite Increased Appetite
This is one of the most common symptoms of worms. Your child will show increased appetite and might even be constantly hungry. Despite this, he might seem to be losing weight – this is because the worms leech off your child's nutrition, leaving him feeling less than satiated.
As mentioned above, worms are parasites that leech off your child's nutrition. If this goes unnoticed long enough, it can cause a nutritional disorder in your child as well! Be careful of the signs such as poor feeding, fluctuating appetite and digestion problems.
Presence of Worms In Stool
This is one of the most obvious and easy to track symptom. If your child's stool contains worms, his intestinal tract is infested with worms and needs immediate medical attention.
Grinding Teeth During Sleep
Did you know that grinding teeth during sleep may also be caused by worms? This can eventually lead to bruxism and cause jaw pain, discomfort, headaches and earaches in your child. The grinding happens due to the anxiety and restlessness caused by toxins released by these worms in your child's body.
Itchiness Around Anus Due to Worms
Intestinal worms tend to lay their eggs late at night or early in the morning and go to the bottom of the child to do so. The worms and eggs will cause itchiness around the anus of your child.
Trouble in Sleeping
As a direct result of the itchiness around the anus and the fact that the worms lay eggs late at night or early in the morning, your child may find it difficult to sleep at night. This only adds to the sleep troubles that many babies even otherwise face in their early years.
Parasitic worms cause skin inflammation and irritation resulting in rashes, especially hives. Some parasites even cause sores or ulcers to break out, which can be painful!
Finally, though parasitic worms attack the intestinal lining of the body, they can also affect other parts of the body and cause a variety of abdominal problems like diarrhoea. Some of these abdominal problems can also result in nausea, and in rare cases, vomiting.
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Remind children to wash their hands at all times.
Do not let children eat off the floor or the ground.
Make sure young childrens' nails are clean and cut regularly.
Check for symptoms of worms in babies such as irritation and an itchy bottom
Remedies and Treatment for Worms In Babies
If your baby displays any of the above symptoms, he could be suffering from a worm infestation. It is crucial to de-worm your child at once to stop the worms from affecting his overall health and growth.
There are some simple and safe home remedies for de-worming babies and providing relief from parasitic worm infection. These remedies will speed up the deworming process by targeting the parasites and thus alleviating the infection. For newborn babies or babies younger than six months who display the symptoms of worm infestation, please consult the paediatrician for the best course of treatment.
The medicinal properties of turmeric are well-known in helping to eliminate intestinal worms - naturally. Just feed your child a glass of water mixed with a spoon of turmeric every day. You can also serve buttermilk with turmeric instead of water.
Age: 6 months +
Feed your child four to six teaspoons of extra virgin coconut oil every morning for a week. This will not only eliminate worms but also strengthen your child's immunity.
Age: 6 months and above. A coconut oil massage for smaller babies is also an efficient way to keep them nourished and boost their development.
Particularly effective with tapeworms, pumpkin seeds essentially paralyse the parasitic worms. They can be consumed in two ways:
A spoonful of roasted pumpkin seeds with a spoon of honey
A spoon of peeled and crushed pumpkin seeds brewed in 250 ml of boiling water for half an hour before consumption
Age: 1.5 - 2 years
Cloves are antiseptic and anti-parasitic and can be used as a precautionary measure to prevent future worm infections as well. Soak a teaspoon of cloves in a cup of hot water and make your child drink this water thrice a week.
Age: 6 months +
Carrots are an effective remedy for deworming babies along with boosting the eyesight of your child. You can serve your child raw carrots sliced, or carrot juice sweetened with honey on an empty stomach every morning to aid in deworming.
Age: 6 months and above. Make sure to mash carrots properly for babies younger than a year.
Caution: Do not use any home / herbal remedies for your child if he is younger than two years without consulting the doctor. Avoid any over the counter deworming tablets as well.
If your child continues to show the symptoms of a worm infection even after administering these remedies these signs, take him to the doctor straight away. The infestation may be more severe and require medical attention. The paediatrician will give you a prescription for deworming tablets for kids. These tablets are harmless for your child while effectively killing the parasitic worms.