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Does Worms have to be diagnosed by a GP?

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katierocket Sat 16-Apr-05 10:41:23

THink DS (3.5) might have worms, complaining of itchy bum, hungry all the time, quite tired. Anyway, I've look at the archived threads about treatment etc but the question is - do I have to take him to the GP or would a pharmacist give me the treatment? what does a gp do to confirm diagnosis?

cod Sat 16-Apr-05 10:42:59

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katierocket Sat 16-Apr-05 10:45:20

no I haven't seen them. SHould I wait until I do? it's just the itchy bum thing that's worrying me plus he's hungry and tired a lot of the time.

cod Sat 16-Apr-05 10:46:04

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cod Sat 16-Apr-05 10:46:21

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katierocket Sat 16-Apr-05 10:46:43


cod Sat 16-Apr-05 10:47:17

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katierocket Sat 16-Apr-05 10:47:20

if it was worms would I see them at any time of the day then?

cod Sat 16-Apr-05 10:48:11

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cod Sat 16-Apr-05 10:53:29

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katierocket Sat 16-Apr-05 10:55:10

nope, nothing there.
maybe I should wait until after bathtime tonight?

(you shoudl have seen the way I tentatively approached it - you'd have thought something was going to zoom out and grab me!)

cod Sat 16-Apr-05 10:58:16

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Cadbury Sat 16-Apr-05 11:30:13

we've just discovered them in dd. i could see them (she was complaining on itcy bottom in bed). horrid!

the pharmacist gave us the necessary meds quite happily. you all have to take them though. i've been cleaning for england since

cod Sat 16-Apr-05 11:36:18

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Enid Sat 16-Apr-05 11:41:31

vaseline around bottom - they get stuck in it when they come out

cod Sat 16-Apr-05 11:42:44

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Enid Sat 16-Apr-05 11:49:47

aah little wormy cafe.

Bet they are very health concsious and dont drinnk coffee though

yoyo Sat 16-Apr-05 11:52:03

One of my books suggests that you put tape across their bottoms overnight. The evidence should be there in the morning!

katierocket Sat 16-Apr-05 12:38:06

sleep with tape on your bum?! ah, how mean and undignified. pharmacist says it sounds liek it so we have the meds, and also purchased a torch so can do covert survelliance later. DP says it's "not right" to go looking when the poor lad is asleep!

cod Sat 16-Apr-05 13:07:39

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happymerryberries Sat 16-Apr-05 13:13:02

Get them to poo into a potty/ lots of toilet paper. If they have them they will be in the poo, happily waving at you. You will have what looks like a hairy turd with unexpectely wavey gray hair!!!!!!!! Mega mega mega yuck

cod Sat 16-Apr-05 13:14:03

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happymerryberries Sat 16-Apr-05 13:27:02

All the data I have seen in the K states that around 40% of infant/Junior school aged children will have them at some time. Thread worms, that is. Tape worms have become lesson common because of better hygine etc. But I worry about a rise in cases follwong the declining standards in the understanding of cookery in this country.

SaintGeorge Sat 16-Apr-05 15:59:18

I used to work in a microbiology lab and prepare test kits for worms to send out to GPs.

They consisted of a microscope slide covered with a piece of sellotape. The sellotape is placed across the anus at bedtime and then peeled off and replaced on the slide to send to the lab.

That way, even if worms are not immediately visible there is usually microscopic evidence that they are present.

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