Some Mums routinely deworm all their children every 3 months because every problem in childhood is traceable to worms…..No appetite, it is worms! No weight gain….it is worms! Constipation….worms! Abdominal pain…worms! Tiredness? Worms! Weakness…worms!!!
This may sound funny but I actually do know moms who believe that once you deworm a child, everything becomes right in the child’s world! Some believe so strongly in this that they want to deworm even newborn babies!!!
Worms are a group of parasites that can cause problems when they enter the human body in children and adults. There are different types of worms like round worms, pin worms, hookworms, whipworms, schistosoma and so on.
These worms are important especially for those of us living in developing countries where they are so common because of the effects they have on the health of infected children or properly speaking when the children have worms infestation.
The serious outcomes of worm infestations in children are:
Due to this serious problems that worms can cause, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends regular deworming of all people at risk which include children in areas that have plenty of these worms (endemic areas) to prevent and avoid above-mentioned problems. Our country, Nigeria; like many other developing countries especially the rural areas; has a high worm infestation rates and so routine deworming is recommended for our children.
The dosage and timing for preschool children are as recommended below. School-aged children should also be dewormed if they are not dewormed in school routinely. Many organizations do carry out routine campaigns to deworm school children.
Question: Please can one ‘deworm’ a child (14 months old) buying said drug over the counter or one needs a Doc’s prescription to do that?
Yes children above one year can be wormed. Deworming medications are over-the counter (OTC) drugs so you do not need a Doctor’s prescription to buy one.
Question: How often do I need to deworm my child?
Children can be dewormed every 4 -6 months.
Question: There are many deworming drugs? How do I know which to choose?
There are different drugs for treating worm infestation; some are for a specific type of worms. The Albendazole is recommended for routine deworming as it affects many types of worms. If you want another type of worm-expellers, you can ask your doctor to be sure it is also suitable.
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