Many parents may have never heard of pinworms. By understanding about these parasites, you may finally have a clue on what had happened to your children. Pinworms are intestinal parasites, these worms have thin shape and white in color. The males are slightly shorter than the female and usually visible at night at the rectum area. These worms are very contagious and you can contract it by accidentally ingesting or inhaling the eggs. The eggs can be lodged under the children’s nail and when they eat or scratch their skin, the eggs can finally enter the body through the mouth or the tiny opening on the skin.
The most common symptom of pinworms is burning sensation and itching on the rectum and sometimes in the genital area. The females produce gelatin-like eggs when they lay eggs near the anus opening, causing itchiness to occur. It usually happens a few hours after your child goes to sleep. The worm movements may also cause some itchiness. Stomach cramping, especially on the lower abdominal area, may happen on children with pinworms. At nighttime, pinworms are more likely to be active, as this is the moment when the females lay their eggs. Pinworms are often responsible for the restlessness during the night; some children may also experience diarrhea or bedwetting. The children often complain that their anus is hurting and they couldn’t sleep. These children may refuse to go to sleep and parents may suspect that their children simply refuse to sleep.
It is advisable to see a doctor to confirm whether your child has pinworms infestation. The doctors will take the liquid sample from the rectum and check it under the microscope to see whether the pinworms and their eggs are visible. During the night, you should check your child’s rectal opening and see whether there are any worms present.
Home Remedies for Pinworms
1) Garlic is very effective in treating pinworms. There a number of methods in using garlic to eradicate the parasitic worms. The simplest way to use garlic is by eating it raw. Unfortunately, powdered garlic has limited effectiveness. If your child can’t tolerate the taste, simply add plenty of garlic in their foods. You should also make a topical cream made from fresh garlic, grind a few cloves of garlic into a smooth paste and mix it with Vaseline. Apply the cream on the rectum; this can help to kill the eggs and provide relief for the itchiness.
2) Grapefruit seed extract is another effective way to treat pinworms. This product is available in major drugstores and it may come in pill or liquid form. The pills are usually taken three times a day and if you use the liquid form, you may need to mix 10 drops with a glass of water, three times a day. If there is no improvement after a week, it is advisable too immediately see a doctor.
3) Wormwood contains a potent worm-killing chemical and it is among the safest natural remedies for pinworms. Santonin, isothujone and thujone are active substance found inside the wormwoods, which can also kill other parasitic organisms beside pinworms. Wormwood can weaken the parasite’s cell membranes, thereby killing the worms gradually. Simply add a few grams of wormwood into a cup of hot water. Give it to the child in the morning on an empty stomach. Give your child the wormwood tea every three hours to improve the effectiveness of the treatment.
4) Coconut is often used in India to eradicate pinworms. During breakfast, take one tablespoonful of fresh coconut followed a teaspoonful of castor oil three hours later. Repeat this each day until pinworms are gone completely.
5) Take a cup of shredded raw carrots before and after sleep to help your body push intestines out of the intestines. Some children may find it difficult to eat raw carrot, if so mix it with some honey.
6) You can use food-grade diatomaceous earth to treat pinworms infestation. It is a sedimentary, chalky rock that is made from fossilized small algae, called diatoms. Diatomaceous earth can dehydrate pinworms and kill them slowly.
7) White willow bark is commonly known as rich in salicylic acid, the principal ingredient of aspirin. You can also use it for treating pinworms.
8) People with diet rich in carbohydrates and sugar are more vulnerable to parasitic infestation. Parasites often thrive on sugar. If your children have pinworms, you should limit the sugar and carbohydrate intake. It is important to slightly lower the pH level of the digestive tract, to make it more unpleasant for pinworms to live in it. Add two tablespoonfuls of apple cider vinegar to one glass of water and drink it each day.
9) Crush raw pumpkins sees in a bowl and mix it with two cups of water. Put it on low heat, on the stove, for two hours. Never let the mixture boil, after two hours, set it aside for cooling. Filter the mix and remove any layers of oil. For one hour, take one tablespoonful of the filtered water, every 15 minutes. Wait for two hours and take a laxative. Wait for two more hours and eat a bowl of warm oatmeal. Children between 2 to 3 years old should use about 45 grams of pumpkin seeds, while adults may take up to 300 grams of pumpkin seeds.
10) You can also grind one part of cloves and ten parts of flaxseeds. Add the mixture to your meal. For one month, take the powder by alternating three days on and three days off.
11) Mix a glass of boiling with 50 grams of smashed squash seeds. Boil the mixture for about 15 minutes and put it in a thermos for two hours. Then filter the mixture and take half a glass of the filtered water between meals.
To prevent the pinworms from spreading to other family members, you should ask your children to stop scratching their rectum. Always clean the toilet thoroughly after your child uses it and if possible, replace the bedding each day, don’t let other family members to enter the child’s room until the pinworms infestation is fully treated.