You can buy otc treatment from the chemist or you can get it on prescription from gp which ever is easier for you. Boots own brand are cheaper than branded. It's recommended that you treat the whole family and wash his sheets and towels and underwear in a hot wash if possible. I agree they're pretty revolting but easily treated. Good luck!
BTW my GP prescribed some pretty revolting powder that you had to mix in water and drink. I found it very difficult to get my dcs to take it. The chewable tablets from Boots were much easier and if your dcs are old enough you can just swallow them like a tablet which my older two prefer.
Hi Kiddiz, thank you for the advice. I have just been to the chemist (luckily literally across the road) and got some tablets. I don't know which I find more revolting, nits or worms, but at least it seems straight forward in treating them.
dd1 just had worms too! I was also a worm virgin. She kept complaining about an itching bottom, but every time I looked there was nothing there and skin did not seem irritated at all. Then I read that worms come out to lay eggs at night, when the child is asleep. So when she was asleep I went to check on her. The poor thing had got a wet flannel and stuffed it down her pants. I saw one worm on her bottom. I treated the whole family and sterilised all linen, towels and especially the offending flannel
I was slightly miffed about the school. The medication clearly states that worms are a non serious infection, and a treated child is well enough for school, but that schools should be informed. When I phoned the school, they said they had never had a case of worms before and that she had to be kept off. Obviously everyone else just keeps this to themselves.
Madsometimes, I think in RL people basically don't like thinking, talking about, or admitting to worms - nits yes, worms no. Maybe its to do with bottoms and being British or something?! I had a similar experience a year ago when dd1 had worms at pre-school - in reverse: they brushed it off as 'oh well it happens' and didn't want to put up a notice or hand out a letter or supervise handwashing. Until I asked them to
CrackFox, cut fingernails v short, do lots of handwashing esp before meals, pants under PJs at night, and wash bedding and towels daily for a couple of days at least - and hoover/damp dust after treating. Some people do the cleaning/washing thing daily for 6 weeks, but I found a moderate approach more than enough
Still waiting for the nits here, dd having started Reception now.....
It occurred to me this morning that maybe the reason DS is soooo wriggly in the night could be because he has worms. He is only 6 months, but as he puts EVERYTHING in his mouth I can see how it could happen. How on earth do you check an infant at night? By the time you've got them up, undone vest and sleepsuit and nappy...what am I looking for?