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To not directly notify other parents of threadworms?

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SheRaHasTheAnswer Thu 31-Oct-13 00:00:32

I noticed my dd has threadworms tonight, I've treated us all with Ovex and major deep clean starting first thing in the morning.

As it is half term, the morally correct part of my brain says I should post on our class fb group so that other parents can treat their kids immediately.
The squirmy, mortified part of me thinks to notify the school office on Monday and let them send out the standard "worms have been detected in your child's class" note which would be anonymous.

I would rather know now if it were someone else's child and it would reduce the chance of reinfection if everyone treated their child now. BUT I would hate for another parent to mention my dd's name and for her to be singled out/ open to some "ewwww" name calling.

What do you think?

ViviDeBOOvoir Thu 31-Oct-13 00:03:37

I'm not sure what the 'done' thing is but my DD also has worms again but I don't have any way of contacting other parents (she's in reception so don't know many people yet) so it'll have to wait until Monday.

BloodiedGhouloshes Thu 31-Oct-13 00:04:21

Notify the school office, not least because not everyone is on facebook.

WorraLiberty Thu 31-Oct-13 00:04:23

Your class has a FB group??

Could you privately contact whoever admins the group and ask them to put out a general warning, leaving your child's name out?

imnotwhoyouthinkiam Thu 31-Oct-13 00:06:12

I've never been notified by the school when there have been threadworns going around (unless in 6years of having dcs in school there's never been a case) Consequently I haven't informed anyone on the 2 occasions ds2 has had them, are we meant to?

WooWooOwl Thu 31-Oct-13 00:13:52

If Facebook didn't exist, you wouldn't even have to consider it.

You don't have to make decisions based on the fact that you are in an FB group.

SheRaHasTheAnswer Thu 31-Oct-13 00:13:56

We've had notes about it in past years, the same with nits whenever that does the rounds.
Someone more efficient than me set up the fb group- it's drama free and mainly "don't forget school photos on the morning" which is handy. 90% of the parents are on it. Good idea worra & ill also let office know Monday.
Thank you. <itching all over>

Kerryblue Thu 31-Oct-13 01:21:03

It would never even cross my mind to notify the school if one of my dc had threadworms.
You've treated them, they will be going to school worm free!

Canthaveitall Thu 31-Oct-13 06:14:37

I wouldnt notify for worms anyway.

Mojavewonderer Thu 31-Oct-13 06:20:40

My kids have never had worms and we have never received a letter from school about it either. Perhaps they don't bother in the 5 schools they've been too hmm

mrsminiverscharlady Thu 31-Oct-13 06:24:58

They're only worms, not bubonic plague! It wouldn't occur to me to notify anyone - and nobody else has ever notified me either!

intitgrand Thu 31-Oct-13 07:14:24

there will be half a dozen kids at least with thread worms his class at any one time , so prolific are they amongst children

Retroformica Thu 31-Oct-13 07:24:04

I wouldn't bother. Maybe ask the head or who ever to post that there has been an outbreak. Will be anonymous though.

Bakingtins Thu 31-Oct-13 07:25:45

I notified school and nursery when my DS had them, as advised by the NHS website, and they did precisely nothing. It's hardly surprising they are so common.
As a parent I'd appreciate the tip off that a child in the class had them so I could check mine, but I'd only do that if the admin person can post it without mentioning your DD's name.

heartisaspade Thu 31-Oct-13 07:51:11

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Branleuse Thu 31-Oct-13 07:53:02

i wouldnt. Its private for your children. Much more personal than nits.

Just treat your children and get them into a habbit of washing hands regularly and scrubbing nails and tell them why

gamerchick Thu 31-Oct-13 07:59:02

I tell the school.. they've never sent a letter out.

I don't see the big deal.. If you're a parent then you have probably come into contact with them at some point.. they're very common.

I've just had to treat the household as well. Always have a bottle of ovex in the house.

LumpySpacePrincessOhMyGlob Thu 31-Oct-13 13:53:11

I've never had a letter about worms. Don't 40% of kids have them at any one time anyway?

Just treat and move on.

SheRaHasTheAnswer Thu 31-Oct-13 14:02:57

Thank you all your replies and for making me feel like its not a big deal!

gamerchick Thu 31-Oct-13 14:26:42

Well I'd rather have headlice grin but no it isn't.

ilovepowerhoop Thu 31-Oct-13 14:40:18

our school doesnt notify for worms either

Isthatwhatdemonsdo Thu 31-Oct-13 14:53:36

I would say that if your children are in reception and play with sand I would ask the reception teacher to spray the sand with antibacterial spray. The worms eggs live in the sand.

clareamanda1 Fri 01-Nov-13 14:58:03

My daughter has had thread worms now 4 times in 18 months and am honestly beginning to think its from the school. We were on holiday last week end where we found out she had got them AGAIN!! Luckily we ran to the Tesco where the pharmacist sold us some tablets. But my daughter is 11 know and to be honest it ruined her holiday. She's very self conscious about it.
I came home and changed all the bed sheets etc. but would really like to get to the bottom of why she keeps having them.
I think schools should address this as much as they do nits.

lainiekazan Fri 01-Nov-13 15:38:56

"but would really like to get to the bottom of why she keeps having them." Boom! Boom!

Dd had them recently for the first time. She was mortified . I didn't tell the school - after all, she had contracted them from someone who hadn't told either. I lectured dd on NOT holding hands with anyone, or touching communal pencils etc (apparently a great source of contagion) and washing hands with scalding-hot water and copious amounts of anti-bacterial soap the minute she got home from school (as well as administering The Treatment, of course).

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