Importance of deworming in children and home remedies to do it.
Deworming is the process of killing parasitic or intestinal germs that grow inside the human body over time. While worms can also occur in an adult with poor hygiene, children under 18 years are more susceptible to it because they play in an unclean environment.
A child is most likely to acquire these worms if and once it consumes a roundworm or whipworm eggs that have matured in the soil contaminated by dirt and faeces.
If not treated on time, it can affect one’s bowel movements as well as the overall body’s metabolism. While in mild cases body worms can be treated easily with prescribed tablets, in the case of serious infection proper diagnosis by a doctor might be required.
Common worms found in the body
These worms are of different shapes and sizes. Therefore, one needs to observe their stool while taking a dump to find out which parasite has affected their body, because in most cases humans tend to pass out the worms with their poop during their bowel movements.
Worms can cause discomfort to the human body which can lead to certain symptoms.
Symptoms of having worms in the body
1. a disrupted bowel movement
2. abdominal pain
3. nausea or vomiting
6. an unexplainable weight loss.
Factors behind growth of worms in a body
1. consuming contaminated food and water
2. poor hygiene habits
3. coming in contact with contaminated faeces
Risk factors of worms
1. intestinal blockage
People with HIV/AIDS or weaker immune are more prone to acquiring body worms.
While, body worms are not life-taking, getting treatment at the earliest will be the most advisable option.
Signs to visit a doctor
1. experiences blood during their stool
2. experiences stomach pain for more than 2 weeks
3. is frequently vomiting
4. is having elevated body temperatures
5. red itchy rash on the skin, shaped like a worm
Threadworms that are tiny, white in colour and the size of a staple are the most commonly found in children aged 5-10 years. Sometimes, the symptoms can include a coloured or itchy bottom for a baby. It is advisable to keep the child away from school or refrain them from taking out if they are affected with worms. To prevent worm infections, parents are advised to maintain good personal hygiene and a clean household environment.
Though these intestinal parasites can affect a child’s intestine, here are a few effective home remedies that come as a saviour to parents and will help them put their toddler at an ease:
1. Garlic: It is one of the most ancient and commonly used home remedies used to treat worm infections. It is cheap and easily available in one’s kitchen. Due to the presence of its high amounts of sulphur-containing amino acids, garlic is highly anti-parasitic. Its antifungal properties make it extremely beneficial to get rid of microbes from the toddler’s body. There are 2 ways to use garlic to treat the worms:
Feed 2-3 cloves of garlic to the child on an empty stomach for 7 days
Crush 2-3 cloves of garlic and boil it with the milk before feeding and repeated for a week
Make a powder of papaya seeds and further add 1 teaspoon of the same to a cup of milk. Allow the child to drink it repeatedly for 3 mornings
Take 1 teaspoon of honey along with 1 teaspoon of papaya juice (raw) and mix 4 tablespoons of water or milk in it. Feed it to the toddler for 3 days in the morning on an empty stomach
3. Coconut: Coconut is a powerful home remedy with anthelmintic properties used to deworm children. One can use it in the following ways to treat their child with intestinal worms:
Grate the coconut and feed 1 tablespoon of grated coconut to the child daily for a week, Feed 4-5 teaspoons of extra-virgin coconut oil to the toddler for an entire week, in the morning. Coconut oil helps boost a child’s immunity and also prevents the infection from reoccurring
4. Pumpkin Seeds: The seeds of papaya contain an anti-parasitic element known as cucurbitacin. The element has the power to paralyze the worms and thus they are expelled out of the body as they fail to hold on to it. Know how to use it:
Add a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of crushed pumpkin seeds to papaya or banana or any other laxative food. To get desired results, feed the child repeatedly until the worms are thrown out of the body
5. Carom Seeds: These seeds contain thymol. The amount of thymol it contains can restrict the growth of worms.
Feed the child with ½ teaspoon of crushed carom seeds with a glass of milk or water after feeding him/her with a tablespoon of crushed jaggery, Use this method for an entire 2 weeks
6. Turmeric: Turmeric is an excellent home remedy suggested to treat one with body worms. The presence of antibacterial properties in it destroys the worms and their laid eggs. One can use turmeric in the following way:
Mix a teaspoon of turmeric powder in the child’s milk, buttermilk or simply warm water and feed the same for a week repeatedly.