Health information from the School Nurse, Tracey; From time to time our children will contract different common childhood infections. This week we will be looking at Threadworm…
Threadworms (pinworms) are tiny worms in your poo. They're common in children and spread easily. You can treat them without seeing your GP.
Check if it's threadworms
- You can spot worms in your poo. They look like pieces of white thread.
- You might also see them around your child's bottom (anus). The worms usually come out at night while your child is sleeping.
Other symptoms can include:
- Extreme itching around the anus or vagina, particularly at night.
- Irritability and waking up during the night.
Less common signs of worms include:
- Weight loss.
- Wetting the bed.
- Irritated skin around the anus.
A pharmacist can help with threadworms. You can buy medicine for threadworms from pharmacies. This is usually a chewable tablet or liquid you swallow. Treat everyone in your household, even if they don't have symptoms. Tell the pharmacist if you need to treat a child under 2, or if you're pregnant or breastfeeding as treatment might not be suitable and you may need to speak to a GP.
You don't need to stay off school, nursery or work with threadworms.
Effective hygiene and especially good hand hygiene are really important on stopping the spread of Threadworm