Good hygiene counteracts intestinal parasites Good hygiene counteracts intestinal parasites

Harmful microscopic organisms can get into your food and drinks and affect your children’s digestive health. Learn how to treat it at home.

School-aged children tend to be a fairly susceptible population to contracting intestinal parasites, more so than adults. Parasites are small microorganisms such as protozoa or worms that find their way into children’s bodies, usually associated with poor sanitary environments, hygiene, or water quality.

According to the Integral Pediatrics website, the most common parasites are those known as giardia, pinworms, and giant roundworms. They do not usually cause serious complications, and cause symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, or nausea.

If you suspect your child has a parasite, it is important to control diarrhea and keep them hydrated. Having a medical consultation is important for a proper diagnosis.  The following are some recommendations from the Mayo Clinic to combat them with good hygiene:

  • Because pinworms reproduce through eggs they lay at night, taking a shower early in the morning can combat them.
  • Change the child’s underwear and bedding daily, wash in hot water.
  • Prevent the child from coming into contact with his or her anal area.
  • To reduce the risk of getting or spreading infection, you or your caregiver should wash your hands thoroughly after changing diapers and before eating.

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