Although the thought of pinworms in your baby’s intestines is a really scary thought, these worms rarely pose any health hazard and can easily be eradicated. Heavy infestation can, however, cause weight loss and urinary tract infections.
Pinworms are highly communicable in nature. They can be passed through contact with infected people, infected objects, and through ingestion of contaminated food. Once inside the body, female pinworms migrate out of your baby’s intestines to lay their eggs in the anus, causing irritation and itchiness.
Some of the most common symptoms which will tell you that pinworms exist in your baby’s body could be:
- Scratching and itching of the areas around the anus and vagina. Babies may not be able to speak out what is bothering them, so disturbed sleep and fussiness, especially at night-time, can be a cause of worry.
- Pinworms can occasionally cause nausea and vomiting
- The baby’s bottom or diapers can be checked at night or early morning to see remains or traces of eggs that the worms tend to deposit on the skin layers at night.
- Red, tender, dry, and itchy skin around the anus could be a sign of infection, too
- Pus or other discharge and a bad odour are also signs of infection
- Loss of appetite and weight loss
Mild cases of pinworms generally go away on their own within a few days or a week’s time, but some severe cases need to be prescribed medicines. Medicines need to be taken for a long duration so that they can kill the active germs, as well as kill the new worms that could have hatched in the meantime.
Home made remedies like drinking grape extract mixed with water, or having coconut on an empty stomach can help fight pinworms. Garlic mixed with Vaseline and applied in the anal and buttocks region is also known to help.
Noticing a lot of worms in your baby’s stool, some moving and wriggling and some static, is a sign that worms are exiting your baby’s body. So there is no need to worry in that case.