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    Default Worms....Eeek!

    Sorry to start a gross thread, but last night I found out 4 year old DD has worms! We have never dealt with them before so hit me with your best tips. The whole family have had those choc tabs, the sheets have been washed, floors vaccumed, washing hands every 5 minutes almost lol....anything else I can do to stop us getting reinfected???

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    Just make sure you are ALL wormed, and do it again in a few weeks or so.

    Trim your little one's nails, nice and short.

    A probiotic never hurts either, by way of tablets or some acidophilus yoghurt.

    Apart from that, it sounds as though you've done everything else.

    Good luck!

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    You're all good.

    One thing to remember is that the medicine for it is reactive, not proactive. So worming "just in case" does nothing to prevent them, so only have the medicine once you have proof of worms.

    And I know it's gross, but don't freak out. It happens to the best of us (in my house it's DS2 that is very prone to them!)

    And if you ever get caught out at night with a child with an itchy bottom and no tablets, then nappy rash cream is your friend! I find that combined with an ice block wrapped in a face washer will stop the itch enough for them to sleep and buy you time the next day to get to the chemist and get the tablets.

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    Thanks ladies I'm taking these hints on!
    I'm just so worried that I can't sterilise every single toy and surface...are we gonna never get rid of it? Poor DD has slept all day (she hasn't slept in the day for years!) and has a fever, I hope she isn't sick and has worms, that would just be unfair to the poor thing!

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    Well usually pinworms or threadworms (same thing, most common worm) just causes an itchy bottom at night time. At least, there have been no other obvious side effect in this house when the boys have them.
    I would consider taking her to a dr tomorrow if she hasn't improved, as it sounds like it could be something more? Did you actually see the worms?

    As for sterilising everything, I always wash towels and bedding after a case of worms but other than that don't bother with much else and it does get rid of them.

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    If you're unsure Op, (sounds crazy,) but you can put some sticky tape across the bottom to see if there's any worms present.

    The thing that makes the itching is the eggs that are laid around the bottom, so even though the worms might be dead (about 4 days after treatment I was told) the itching can persist due to the eggs.

    My DD was feeling very off and out of sorts when she had them.

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    What @Mod-Uniquey said, but also if you shine a bright light at her bottom, the worms should poke their heads out because they're attracted to the light. I remember having to bend over and part cheeks as a little girl when either of us was suspected of having worms. Fun times.

    This is from the Combantrim website about preventing reinfestation OP. Might help you make sure you've done all you can!
    http://m.combantrin.com.au/articles/...-reinfestation

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    It's definitely worms, I did the torch test last night and those squiggly things are now burned into my memory....blergh! She had a lot of pain in her tummy this afternoon and still has a fever, I'm hoping they haven't caused a uti or infection. But im glad to here you didn't need to go to crazy measures to get rid of them!

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    It's definitely worms, I did the torch test last night and those squiggly things are now burned into my memory....blergh! She had a lot of pain in her tummy this afternoon and still has a fever, I'm hoping they haven't caused a uti or infection. But im glad to here you didn't need to go to crazy measures to get rid of them!
    It is fairly traumatic when you get the visual proof!!
    Hopefully the medicine works quickly!

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    We just had this scenario 2 weeks ago. Poor DS2 was so itchy. Luckily he was the only one (we were all treated though).
    I washed the bedding 3 days in a row until he had an itch free night, vacuumed everyday, cut finger nails etc. Still all clear here *tough wood*.
    Hope you got them all and your DD is feeling better OP


 

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