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Getting rid of worms in a toddler

(9 Posts)
hooplahoop Thu 03-Sep-09 14:27:44

Took my ds to Gps about a month ago as saw a worm in her potty. Got the medicine and have read stuff on here about cleaning

The things is I think they're back already, and I feel upset like its my fault for not cleaning enough

I have visions of all the eggs flying through the air ( sorry for gross image!!) but as she loves playing with soft toys and is still inclined to lick things how the hell do I break the cycle?

Lastly apart from the ick factor are there health issues if I can't get rid of them?

Scorps Thu 03-Sep-09 14:29:18

Repeat meds

Hot wash everything, freeze teddies if you cant wash them

Hoover daily and really very well for 6-8 weeks

Ditto damp dusting

Pants in bed (or nappy), short nails. Lots of handwashing.

They're a nightmare sad

hooplahoop Thu 03-Sep-09 14:34:59

Thanks, she does still wear nappies at night so don't really understand where they come from

Can you have too much of the meds?

Scorps Thu 03-Sep-09 14:37:02

There is a set period of time that has to pass before you can redose. I used Ovex on mine (over the counter).

meltedmarsbars Thu 03-Sep-09 14:41:55

I assume you mean threadworms?

You must dose everybody in the household and hot wash all towels and bedding. And you may find a repeat infection very quickly - playmates handle toys and each other. We dose every term, even my dd2 who is in nappies and fed by tube. The worms are just an inconvenience, not a serious health hazard!

hooplahoop Thu 03-Sep-09 14:55:29

I don't know if threadworms, off to GP in a bit so will confirm. that's what was suspected last time, but the thing I saw today looked more see- through, and keep mistaking seeds from toast as culprits1

Oh i'm off to be sick at the thought! thanks for replies, any more advice?

hooplahoop Thu 03-Sep-09 20:07:27

So went to GP, convinced her to send a sample off for testing. She said once the eggs are out they can't survive without being in a body - so toys are not a hazard. Does that sound right, stupidly forgot to ask how long before they die.. silly.

MissMoopy Thu 03-Sep-09 20:18:13

Thats rubbish. The eggs do survive outside of body. My daughter had them twice within 6 weeks about a year ago. Hoover every day, including beds, bathe daily, change pants or nappy on a towel then wash towel, rigorous hand washing, and medicate entire family. They're horrid and its hard not to get a bit OCD about them but you will get rid of then x

alypaly Sun 06-Sep-09 15:34:16

normally threadworm is passed is caused by poor hand hygiene. If baby is touching her bottom and then putting fingers near her mouth,she will reinfect herself. If you have other children it is worth treating whole family. Its not your fault.clean her nails and hand regularly with these anti bacterial hand cleaners and tell her not to put hands near moth. You can pick them up for about 2-3 weeks on clothing,toothbrushes , bedding etc. Unfortunately they cause an itchy bottom at night ,so it is difficult to stop them scratching their bottoms in their sleep. just persist with major hand and nail cleaning

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