6 Effective Natural Remedies For Deworming Your Child

Is your child showing signs of worm infestation? Instead of giving your child medicines, which may have side effects, try some natural remedies to relieve her discomfort.

By Monali Bordoloi

6 Effective Natural Remedies For Deworming Your Child

Sujatha Dehury, mom of 7-year-old Saumen, is at a loss when her son gets up at night complaining of stomach aches and itching in his anal region. Close inspection reveals that he has intestinal worms. Before starting medicines for de-worming, Sujatha decides to try out some natural remedies first.

Natural remedies for deworming a child:

1. Turmeric:

6 Effective Natural Remedies For Deworming Your Child

Turmeric or haldi is long hailed as the most easily available antiseptic in any household. It is also effective in dealing with all kinds of intestinal worms.

How to have it:

Give your kid a glass of buttermilk with one spoon of turmeric once every day. Continue this for a week or so to flush out the intestinal worms. Alternatively, you can do it by putting one spoon of turmeric to a glass of warm water.

2. Coconut oil:

6 Effective Natural Remedies For Deworming Your Child

The anti-parasitic properties found in coconut and its oil make it an effective treatment for worm infestation. Both coconut and its oil are used to treat intestinal worms in children.

How to have it:

Give one teaspoon of coconut oil to the child first thing in the morning for a week. It should be followed by a cup of warm water. Eating raw coconut in breakfast or a tablespoon of grated coconut daily for a week or 10 days is also said to take care of the worm infestation problem in children.

The triglycerides present in extra-virgin coconut oil help in removing the worms from the child’s body. Coconut oil also boosts child’s immunity and prevent recurrence.

3. Bitter gourd:

6 Effective Natural Remedies For Deworming Your Child

Traditionally, bitter gourd and its juice are used to treat parasites in the tummy. Children should be encouraged to eat bitter gourd at least once a week as a preventive measure.

How to have it:

Bitter gourd should be cut and soaked in water for an hour with salt and turmeric. It will reduce the bitterness from it. It can also be boiled along with a potato and salt. Then mash the bitter gourd with potato and feed the child. One more effective way to have bitter gourd is to make juice out of one bitter gourd and mix it with water and honey. (Honey should be given only to children above two years of age) The child suffering from worms should have it at least twice a day to get some relief.

4. Neem:

6 Effective Natural Remedies For Deworming Your Child

The neem leaves are known to have strong anti-parasitical properties and can be used effectively in treating worm infestation.

How to have it:

These days, dried neem flowers are available. These can be added to rasam and sambar as tempering. Neems leaves can also be shallow fried in little oil or ghee, sprinkle a pinch of salt or rock salt. Remove it when crisp. Try to feed these crisp leaves to your child with rice.  

Also, dried neem powder can be used to cure worm problems in children. Put one teaspoon of the powder in warm milk and mix some honey. Ask your kid to drink this, preferably on empty stomach for one week. You can continue to feed your child with this drink until the worms are completely gone.

5. Garlic:

A pod of garlic is packed with many worm-fighting properties. Hailed as one of the best natural dewormer for kids, garlic can be safely used to kill parasites from the body without any side effects.

How to have it:

Crush 2-3 garlic cloves, put it in one cup of milk and bring it to a boil. Give it to your child to flush out the worms present in his tummy.

Or, soak 2-3 cloves of raw garlic in honey and give it to your child on an empty stomach.

6. Unripe Papaya:

6 Effective Natural Remedies For Deworming Your Child

The enzyme presents in raw papaya named papain is potent enough to destroy the intestinal worms. Papaya seeds are also useful in expelling worms from the stomach.

How to have it:

Grate the firm raw papaya and mix it with warm milk along with one tablespoon of honey. Make your child drink this until he is free from worm infestation.

Ground papaya seeds mixed with warm milk or water also help in getting rid of worms. Get your child to drink it first thing in the morning, for three days in a row. You can ask your child to gulp the seeds as a whole, so that she does not taste the bitterness.

Tips to feed bitter food to your child:

  1. For children older than two years, we can mix neem juice with honey and feed that to the child.
  2. Boiled pieces of karela can be hidden inside rice balls.
  3. Put 2-3 cloves of raw garlic in honey for an hour and give it to your child.
  4. For older children, when giving bitter foods, try combining it with your child's favourite food. That way, the child would not get a chance to taste the bitterness or strong flavour of the food. 
  5. Most likely, your child will refuse to have bitter-tasting food, but you should not lose heart and keep on trying. It is said that if you repeatedly offer bitter foods to your child, eventually, they will come around and taste it. But, remember, do not force or pressurise your child.   

Here's all you need to know about foods to give your child when she has diarrhoea.  

With inputs from Ayurveda practitioner Dr Niveditha Srinivasamurthy.

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