Importance of Deworming
More than adults, children are prone to worms which can enter their body owing to lack of hygiene. The types of worms which can enter the body are many namely hook worm, round worm, tape worms etc. Out of these, the most common one is the round worm which mainly enters the body through contaminated food. The hook worm can attack you when you use unclean public toilets or walk bare feet. Mosquito bites can lead to filarial worms entering the body.
Worm infestation can be known by various symptoms such as loose bowels, vomiting, lack of appetite and others. The worms survive on the nutrient stores available in the body and hence can lead to lead to nutritional deficiency. They can also cause upset stomachs. Bleeding and stomach ulcers are caused by hook worms. The round worms cause constipation and abdominal pain by causing intestinal blockages. The most dangerous of these worms are the tape worms which can also lead to fits in severe cases.
Deworming is recommended by doctors every six months for avoiding acute harm done by these worms. This is especially necessary because the present day lifestyle forces people to eat outside in fast food joins and restaurants quite often. These deworming medications are free from side effects and can be given to children easily as they are non-absorbable.
Subsequent hatching can be prevented by undertaking deworming procedure regularly or at specified intervals. This routine is not necessary for children below the age of 2 years. However, tape worm and filarial work infestation cannot be controlled through deworming. Infestation by such worms requires periodic tests and prolonged treatments.
In order to safeguard yourself from worm infestations, you have to take efforts to maintain personal hygiene. You must avoid eating out regularly, walking on bare foot and use of public toilets. You can also trim your nails and keep them short, safeguard yourself against mosquito bites and drink boiled water frequently to guard against worm infestation.