Parasite symptoms in children; pinworms

Parasites are one of the causes of intestinal infections in children.  Parasites are a common intestinal  infection cause in children especially in summer. Children may be contaminated with parasites when they are playing outside with soil. Parasites are a risk for all ages children. Infants,  young children and school age children may take parasites during playing, from toys, soil, common used dishes. Also feces contaminated water may be a parasite source and may spread to children during swimming.  Here you can see  the most common parasite type pinworm symptoms;

Pinwormsparasite symptoms in children

  • Pinworms are parasites that thin as fiber, white-yellow color, 2 mm-1 cm long
  • Pinworms remove body with feces
  • Pinworms are the most common parasite type in children
  • Pinworm is more common in school age children
  • Its most evident symptom is itching around anus especially at nights
  • The other symptoms of pinworm are; loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nose itching
  • Teeth grinding
  • Sleep disorder, insomnia
  • Itching around vagina in female children
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea

Pinworm diagnosis in children  can be done with stool ova and parasite test, transparent tape method or you can directly see parasite in your child’s feces, around anus or in diaper. All family members should  join the treatment to prevent recontamination. You can wash the bed linens and other clothes especially underwears in high temperature; even you can boil them. All children should try to learn hygiene practices, wash their hands with soap to prevent pinworm parasite infection.


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