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Aibu too keep my child off school because of lazy parents not treating their child's worms?

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christmasisacoming Thu 30-Nov-17 22:40:54

Just over two weeks ago we get an email from school about worms going round.

That day I went to the chemist the whole family had medication house bleached sheets on a hot wash etc etc

Yesterday we get the worms letter again.

On the parents text group the letter is repeated and a mother of a child in mines class casually says "oh ... Has been complaining of an itchy bum for two weeks didn't think it was worms"

What??? So you just ignored the email the letter the whatsapp group and your child scratching his arse and complaining about it?

So today I do the bleaching and medication today. The arse scratchers mum messages the group to say she'll try to get a Gp appointment tomorrow!!!

So wibu to keep my daughter off school because of disgusting parents who are too lazy to sort out worms??

Familyof3or4 Thu 30-Nov-17 22:52:26

YANU to keep off
YA also BU to treat based on worms going around. Yes the other parent should have treated as soon as her dc had an itchy bum but only treat when they’re symptomatic!

christmasisacoming Thu 30-Nov-17 22:56:43

Really? We asked the pharmacist and they said it won't hurt to take it!

GreenPurpleRed Thu 30-Nov-17 22:57:48

Why not do s 'just in case' treatment?

TrinitySquirrel Thu 30-Nov-17 22:59:21

She doesnt need to go see a go. The lazy cow just needs to go buy a pack of ovex.

TrinitySquirrel Thu 30-Nov-17 22:59:38


EndoplasmicReticulum Thu 30-Nov-17 23:01:59

Our school didn't send worm letters. I know this because I informed them when my son was wormy (yes I de-wormed him) and they shrugged and said "oh".

Worms were a new and interesting parasite after all the nits. Grim.

Why is she getting a GP appointment though? You just go buy the tablets at the pharmacy surely?

Alpacaandgo Thu 30-Nov-17 23:03:31

I thought you only treat worms if you actually have worms? I wouldn't be happy to medicate my kids unless they actually needed it.
Perhaps the other mum works and didn't have all day to bleach her house, boil her sheets and wait at the gp for an appointment?

Whizziwig Thu 30-Nov-17 23:03:40

Trouble is, around 50% of primary-aged children are thought to have worms at any one time, so to avoid any possibility of catching it you'd have to keep your child off permanently. The best tactic is to teach regular and thorough hand-washing.

crazycatgal Thu 30-Nov-17 23:04:55

@Alpacaandgo Can't you get the treatment from the pharmacy? I'm not sure why this mum needs to see the GP.

LovingLola Thu 30-Nov-17 23:05:05

There is no point in medicating for worms 'just in case'. It won't work.

Killerfiller Thu 30-Nov-17 23:06:08

Sorry but I'm actually wtf at worms being the new nits. I never had them as a child is this the norm now.

I once had a puppy who had them. That was grim!!

MovingOnUpMovingOnOut Thu 30-Nov-17 23:06:31

Yabu and you need to calm down.

You don’t need to do a treatment unless someone in your house has symptoms. You don’t need to do bleaching either, just washing and no towel sharing. You do need to send your child to school.

We keep worm treatment in the medicine cupboard just in case.

Lindy2 Thu 30-Nov-17 23:08:21

What Whizziwig said. Unfortunately your child is almost certainly in contact with other children who have worms on a fairly regular basis, not just this one particular child. Quite a high proportion don't have any symptoms.
Hand washing and short nails helps avoid them.

queenofthesheds Thu 30-Nov-17 23:08:47

I used to be the product manager for a worm preparation and there’s no way that 50% of kids have it. Closer to 1 in 20 max. And that’s based on how much we manufactured and sold as well as the prescription market.

Whizziwig Thu 30-Nov-17 23:11:27

Worms were certainly common when I was a child. I still can't drink a strawberry milkshake to this day as it reminds me of the horror that was Pripsen.

Julie8008 Thu 30-Nov-17 23:12:44

YABU - treating your kids for something they dont have is dodgy.

IrianOfW Thu 30-Nov-17 23:15:45

Oh my lord!

'Worms were certainly common when I was a child. I still can't drink a strawberry milkshake to this day as it reminds me of the horror that was Pripsen.'

That stuff was so vile! I used to cry myself to sleep the night before I knew I was going to be Pripsened! Gritty, vile tasting muck. But my kids never had them. Weird.

ginswinger Thu 30-Nov-17 23:16:06

Whizziwig I can still taste that dreadful medicine, it was just vile

gamerchick Thu 30-Nov-17 23:16:35

They should bring back prispen, that stuff was the dogs bollocks!

And also fuck that shit, mine get wormed regularly. Like the cat. I’m not one of these bellends who go hunting with torches and use sticky tape for ‘proof’ first.

Also OP, tell that silly cow that it’s disgusting she’s let her kid suffer, go buy the damned stuff from the chemist and treat her bloody kid.

queenofthesheds Thu 30-Nov-17 23:17:49

Gamerchick “They should bring back prispen, that stuff was the dogs bollocks!”

Pripsen. Product manager was hot stuff back then, so they say...

WitchesCauldron Thu 30-Nov-17 23:18:01

Calm down, one in ten kids are likely to have threadworms at any given time. I wouldn't medicate again, over use isn't a good thing. The other Mum doesn't need a GP appointment (waste of blooming time) just visit the Pharmacy.

Hauntedlobster Thu 30-Nov-17 23:18:25

Pripsen was terrible.

Worm medication can be quite expensive!

theconstantinoplegardener Thu 30-Nov-17 23:19:08

If your children are young enough not to mind you doing this, you can easily check for the presence of worms yourself. A couple of hours after they've gone to sleep, roll them over in bed so their back faces towards you, and check the skin around the anus/back bottom, using a torch. If they have worms, you will easily see the white worms wriggling about. I always warn my children that I will be checking, in case they are startled.

gamerchick Thu 30-Nov-17 23:19:09

Nothing cleaned you out like prispen. Proper exploding in the shorts area grin got rid of the worms though and probably anything else in there.

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