Worms in children: symptoms
Kids begin their acquaintance with the outside world and its objects with the help of their mouth. Whatever the kid’s field of view, no matter what interesting things meet on the way, all this must be grasped and certainly appreciated for taste. The result of such studies is not only an expanded horizons, but also parasites that easily get inside during important experiments. Therefore, parents should know the symptoms of worms in children. What childhood diseases take first place in the world? Of course, diseases caused by worms. It is proved that at the age of about one and a half to three and a half years, the possibility of infection with parasites reaches almost one hundred percent. While the parents are struggling in every way with the habits of their child, trying to protect him from what he should not try, the child finds new, even more interesting places for himself, which means even more “scary” for parents. How to identify worms in children with symptoms and clinical picture – this will be discussed below.
What is the risk of getting worms?
It used to be that the risk of contracting worms is inherent in those who live in unsanitary conditions, often come into contact with animals and neglect personal hygiene. But, according to recent studies, in Europe, signs of worms in children and adults are detected on average in every third patient. In Russia, according to official data, about 2 million cases of helminthiases are detected in years, but ruthless statistics, using data on the sale of medications to combat this disease, increase this figure to 20 million.
What types of worms exist?
In the world there are more than 300 types of helminths, about 70 of which are common in our country. All parasites that can live inside a person are divided into three main groups:
Nematodes. This group includes pinworms, roundworms, whipworms and other varieties of round helminths. It is these worms in children that symptoms are detected more often than others.
Tape or flat worms. These include echinococci, tapeworms and others, so named because of their ribbon shape.
Trematodes and flukes.
Where do worms come from?
Worms can wait quite a while for “their time,” while being in the ground, on food, in underwear, on skin, under nails, on toys and any other objects on the street and at home. At one favorable moment for them, they fall inside a person and begin their long “journey”. Of course, not every larva and not every egg will get to the place, because a rather aggressive gastric environment still has to go along the way, but those who were able to get to the intestines most often remain there.
If today your babies stroked a neighbor’s cat, and you suspect worms in children, the symptoms will not let you know about yourself right away. The purpose of the parasite is to go unnoticed for as long as possible. Therefore, vivid symptoms can appear only in the case of multiple infections. Also, worms can make themselves felt if a child develops some kind of concomitant disease that has caused weakened immunity. After some time, signs of worms appear in children, which parents should know in advance.
Worms in children symptoms
Of course, the most accurate method for determining the presence of worms in a child is the regular “study” of the contents of the baby pot. In most cases this is how pinworms can be detected. Are there obvious signs of parasites in the child? Contact your doctor if you find these symptoms of worms in children:
Recently, your child’s appetite is admirable, but there is no visible increase in body weight;
the child often complains of dizziness, headache;
the stool became irregular, cases of intestinal dispersion, bloating became more frequent;
a child who is not prone to allergic reactions in the recent past, suddenly became a sensitive allergic person;
notice that the child has become irritable, aggressive, sleeps poorly;
the child complains of itching in the anus;
the baby often has colds, viral and inflammatory diseases;
fragility, hair loss, problems with nails were found.
From the moment of “settling” of worms and until the first symptoms appear, different times may elapse. But most often, signs of worms in children can be detected within 2-4 weeks after infection.
If the baby grinds his teeth, does this mean that he has worms?
Bruxism – grinding teeth in a dream. It is proved that this problem has nothing to do with the presence of worms in the human body. The elimination of this phenomenon is done by neurologists and dentists.