Deworming for Your Toddler
Children are often infected with intestinal worms. Children become infected with worm by walking bare foot on dirty soil or putting dirty hands in to their mouth. Deworming is essential as intestinal worms take up nutrients from the infected children and can thus compromise the nutritional status.
Deworming in every six months can help you keep your child healthy and worm free.
Signs and symptoms of intestinal infection
- Abdominal pain
- Intestinal obstruction
- Anaemia, ulcers and other health problems.
To keep your child free of intestinal worms:
- Do periodic deworming of children with antihelminthic drugs that can help prevent worm infection and reinfection. Do get a prescription from your doctor for these medications.
- Wash your kids hand thoroughly after using the bathroom and before eating.
- Discourage your toddler from putting his/her hands in the mouth
- Try to keep them away from pets
- Cut your child’s fingernails periodically.
- Make it a practice that you child washes his/her hands and feet with soap and water after playing outdoors. You can also change their clothes (that have been worn during outdoor play) before sitting down for meals.
Deworming helps improve your child’s appetite and thereby, contributes to your child’s improved growth.