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    Written by Monali Bordoloi and published on 09 June 2021.

    Check out our list of natural deworming home remedies suggested by Ayurvedic consultant Dr Niveditha Srinivasamurthy to effectively get rid of worms in your child

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    Worm infestation bothering your kid? Check out these natural deworming remedies

    Sujatha Das, 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 deworming, Sujatha decides to try out some natural remedies.

    Worm infestations in kids are a common occurrence. Like Sujatha's son, many kids suffer from it.

    Deworming in children

    The process of removal of worms from the intestine with the aid of medication is known as deworming. Deworming is essential for kids as it helps in relieving the symptoms and discomfort caused by worm infestation.

    What causes worm infestation in children?

    Kids often come in contact with worm-infested toys, objects, or dust while playing, which can lead to worm infestation. They can also get it through close contact with other kids who have pinworms. Sharing clothes or other personal items with kids who have worms can also be the cause of infestation.

    Sometimes, worm eggs get lodged in the fingernails of children. When they put their hands in their mouths, the eggs get transferred. Once ingested, they travel all the way to the small intestine where they hatch resulting, in a worm infestation.

    The most common type of intestinal worms is threadworm or pinworm.

    Diagnosing worms

    Doctors use various methods to diagnose a worm infestation. Here are some of the diagnostic methods:

    • Tape test: A clear tape is placed around the child's anus. This tape is then directly examined under the microscope to check for the presence of pinworms.
    • Parasite stool test: Worms, larvae and eggs can be identified by examination of the stool sample.
    • Endoscopy: The small intestine is directly checked for the presence of parasites by inserting an optical fiber cable with a camera through the mouth and passing it through the esophagus and stomach.
    • Colonoscopy: In this method, a fiber-optic cable with a camera is inserted via the rectum into the small intestine to inspect any parasites that are large enough to be visible.
    • Blood tests: This test is performed to look for parasites that are present in the blood.

    Tips to protect your kids from worms

    • Ask your child not to put dirty hands in his mouth or scratch his bottom
    • Cut your child's fingernails short to prevent dirt from accumulating under them
    • Ensure that children wash their hands before eating
    • Ensure they wash their hands with soap after using the toilet
    • Ask your child to wear shoes or slippers when venturing outside
    • Make them wash their hands thoroughly or take a bath after playing with pets
    • Clean toilet seats regularly
    • Ensure the entire family practices good personal hygiene habits
    • Wash all vegetables and fruits thoroughly before consumption
    • Cook meat well before eating

    Home remedies for worms in kids

    There are many home remedies that are effective against worms in children. Here is a list of some home remedies that you can use to deworm your child naturally.

    1. Turmeric

    Turmeric or haldi is 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 into a glass of warm water.

    2. Coconut oil

    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 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 a child's immunity and prevents recurrence.

    3. Bitter gourd

    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

    Cut and soak the bitter gourd in water for an hour with salt and turmeric. This will reduce its bitterness. It can also be boiled along with a potato and salt. Then mash the bitter gourd with the potato and feed it to the child. Another effective way is to juice 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

    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, sambar or any curries as tempering. Neem 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.

    Dried neem powder can also be used to cure worm problems in children. Mix one teaspoon of the powder in warm milk and add some honey. Ask your kid to drink this, preferably on empty stomach for one week. You can continue to feed your child 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 dewormers 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, add it to 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 one teaspoon of the infused honey to your child on an empty stomach.

    6. Unripe papaya

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

    How to have it

    Grate a 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 also 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. When feeding neem juice to children, mix it with honey to reduce its bitterness
    2. Boiled pieces of karela can be hidden inside rice balls
    3. If your child refuses to eat raw garlic, infuse 2-3 cloves in honey for an hour and make him have a teaspoon of the honey
    4. Try combining the bitter food items with your child's favorite food so that he doesn't taste the bitterness

    Frequently asked questions (FAQs) on worm infestation

    1. What are the signs of worms in a child?

    You may notice tiny thread-like worms on your child's undergarments or in the toilet after he uses the bathroom. Itching around the anus during the night is another sign.

    2. Can babies get worms?

    Yes. Your baby can come in contact with a worm-infested surface or item while crawling or playing outdoors. Also, an infected person with improper hygiene can pass on the worms to the baby during handling.

    3. How often should I deworm my child?

    It is essential to get rid of worms as these nasty parasites can affect your child's health and well-being. It is a good practice to deworm children every six months after the age of two. Repeat treatments are required as only the adult worms are eliminated but the eggs stay on the body leading to reinfection.

    4. Why is it important to deworm children?

    Worm infestation can cause children to fall sick resulting in loss of attendance in school. Also, their growth and performance are affected. Regular deworming helps to keep children in good health as well as stops the spread of infestation in the community.

    Comments

    Hema Malini 23 days ago

    A spoon of turmeric seems little too much, that too per day for a week? Is it right?

    Standard Cold Pressed Oil Jul 3 2019

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