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Video: Worms In Children - Symptoms Of Worms In Children Under One Year Old
Last updated 9 July 2017 at 17:22
Reading time: 5 min
We must say right away that the answer in this case, alas, is positive: yes, even newborns have worms. They live on almost any surface, in infants the risk of infection is quite high, because they like to pull everything into their mouths, and the immune system in infants is imperfect and weakly developed.
How to understand if children under one year old have worms should be known to every parent who conscientiously cares about the health of their child.
An ambulance has no right not to come to a call to a patient less than one year old: the body of an infant is extremely vulnerable and prone to many different diseases. Therefore, parents of very young children should carefully observe hygiene in the house in order to prevent possible infection with parasites, and know what signs of worms should be paid attention to and immediately call a doctor.
The defenses of a tiny organism are too weak to provide effective resistance. Parasites begin to multiply, sucking nutrients from the baby's body, preventing him from recovering from childbirth and developing normally.
To understand what are the signs of worms, to be able to determine them, it is necessary in order to timely suspect infection with parasites and not to confuse it with other diseases.
In a child, worms, as a rule, give symptoms from many organs and systems, if the baby is clearly worried about discomfort and cannot calm down for a long time, perhaps the baby is infected with worms.
Recognizing worms in a baby can be a very difficult task for parents, because the baby can also suffer from a host of other diseases. The symptoms of worm infestation in infants are successfully masked as other health problems.
- 1 Disorders of digestion and appetite
2 Poor weight gain
- 2.1 Frequent colds
- 2.2 Poor baby sleep
- 2.3 Itching, burning, pain
3 Allergic reactions
- 3.1 Capriciousness and tearfulness
- 3.2 Related articles
Digestive and Appetite Disorders
Doctors call helminthic invasion a disease of dirty hands. Accordingly, the gastrointestinal tract is the first to suffer from parasites.
Normally, a child should triple his weight in the first year of life. To gain weight intensively, the baby needs full and proper nutrition. If you notice that your son or daughter has a poor appetite, it is quite possible that uninvited guests have settled in his intestines and an urgent need to contact a pediatrician.
Periodically inspect the child's anus: if you notice small thin white threads around the anus, these pinworms are the cause of serious health problems for the little person.
Poor weight gain
Again, you should suspect that your baby has worms. A classic example, when an insidious disease does not want to be detected and disguises itself as other fellows.
Capriciousness and tearfulness
Of course, the baby will cry for any reason, there is no other way to get mom's attention. But, perhaps, the child is worried about parasites, and after competent treatment he will become calmer.
In addition to the listed signs, worms can provoke pallor of the child's skin, rashes on the body, dark circles around the eyes.
The problem of detecting worms in infants is that there are practically no signs characteristic only of this disease. But if you notice a whole complex of symptoms described in the article in a baby, try to carefully examine the baby. Even laboratory analysis of feces does not always identify parasites.
If worms are found in infants, only a doctor can prescribe adequate treatment. It is difficult to treat parasites in such small patients: many antihelminthic drugs are quite aggressive, even in a one-year-old child they can cause side reactions. Therefore, in any case, do not self-medicate and contact a competent pediatrician.
Pay special attention to your baby's hygiene when summer comes. Children walk a lot at this time and through dirty hands can easily bring "guests" into their bodies. For a one-year-old child trying to walk on his own, it is much more likely to get sick with worms in summer than for children aged several months.
Observe hygiene and be attentive to the health of the baby so that he does not have to get acquainted with helminths and pinworms at an early age.