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How do you clean a mattress if your child has pinworms?

How do you clean a mattress if your child has pinworms?

Just wash sheets: There is no need to do major treatment to the mattress unless it is never covered with a sheet or cover.If so, a day exposed to direct sunlight & a good brushing should eliminate any eggs. Any pw eggs left in the sheets will be destroyed in the wash & dry process. ...Read more

Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Pinworms (Definition)

Small parasitic worms that are found in the gastrointestinal tract. The worms lay eggs at night in and around the anus causing a characteristic itching. They are commonly found in children. Children are infected ...Read more


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Why has my child had pinworms for 5 years ? We r very clean and hygienic ? She is 9 has urinary problems also but doctors think im mad !

Why has my child had pinworms for 5 years ? We r very clean and hygienic ? She is 9 has urinary problems also but doctors think im mad !

Pinworms: She may be under exposure from her schoolmates. Another posibility can be you and your husband if you haven' t been treatedat next treatment session , treat the whole family. ...Read more

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How does a child normally get pinworm?

How does a child normally get pinworm?

Pinworm: The pinworm migrate in the rectum as they mature, then released their eggs usually at 10 pm in the evening and the eggs or ova are excreted in gthe anus, this caused sevee itching, the child scratch his anus and the ova cling to the finger or finger nail and the child put his fingers in his mouth and swallow those eggs and the cycle repeat itself. ...Read more

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Can pinworms be found on the mattress?

Can pinworms be found on the mattress?

Unlikely: Pin worms crawl out of anus in the night and anything in contact with anal skin may get pin worm on it .One can find it on underwear or pajama after screeching anal area.It imay be possible if one scratches anal skins wiith hand then touches the mattress . ...Read more

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How do you treat a child with pinworms?

How do you treat a child with pinworms?

Pinworms: Until recently, mebendezole (vermox) 100mg chewable tablet once for affected patient and all household members was considered the drug of choice. Now that drug is no longer being produced, Albendazole (albenza)10/mg/kg (400 mg max dose)once is a good alternative. Washing all bed linens in very hot water to destroy eggs shed during the worm's nocturnal emergence is traditionally recommended. ...Read more

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Can my child be re-infested with pinworm?

Can my child be re-infested with pinworm?

Yes: It can be a never ending cycle if all carriers aren't treated. ...Read more

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My child has pinworms. How did he get them?

My child has pinworms.  How did he get them?

They're common: Pinworms live in the bowel and lay tiny eggs outside the rectum; when the infected child's bottom itches-they scratch. The eggs remain on their hands, and are transferred to the room where people touch objects and then their mouths, ingesting the eggs. They are very common, especially in daycare settings. If one child is infected, many others may be infected too. Fortunately easily treated. ...Read more

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Is there a way that I can tell if my child has pinworms?

Pinworm diagnosis: Early in the morning, before bathing, look closely at your child's recturm. Pinworms look like tiny white threads, or toilet paper residue. You can do a pinworm tape test and submit to the lab for definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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How do I know my child has a pinworm infection?

How do I know my child has a pinworm infection?

Pinworm diagnosis: Early in the morning, before bathing, look closely at your child's recturm. Pinworms look like tiny white threads, or toilet paper residue. You can do a pinworm tape test and submit to the lab for definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is an easy treatment for pinworms in a child?

What is an easy treatment for pinworms in a child?

Yes: There is at least one over the counter preparation and a prescription chew able tablet in the us. I have treated toddlers with the chew able tablet & they do well. ...Read more

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My child is scratching his butt, is that a sure sign of pinworm?

My child is scratching his butt, is that a sure sign of pinworm?

No: But it could be.Look for the worms, coming out at nite.They look like little moving white threads.A stool sample to the lab would accurately identify them.Scratching there also comes from irritaion caused by reactions to t.P., poor hygiene etc. ...Read more

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If I improve my child's hygiene can I prevent pinworm?

Yes: Frequent handwashing in association with appropriate medication therapy will prevent the spread of pinworms. ...Read more

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Could my child have gotten pinworms from being exposed to raw sewage?

Could my child have gotten pinworms from being exposed to raw sewage?

Unlikely: What do you mean by exposed? Did he swallow it or play in it? Otherwise, pinworms from it are unlikely. ...Read more

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I'm a 14 year old female who has pinworms. Its really irritating and won't go away. I've had them as a child and they disappeared for years. Now there?

I'm a 14 year old female who has pinworms. Its really irritating and won't go away. I've had them as a child and they disappeared for years. Now there?

Too young to post!: To use this service and establish an account, you are told that you must be 16 years of age or older. We cannot answer your question. Please have a parent or guardian to create an account and ask your question for you. Honesty is best. You expect if of us and we expect if of you! ...Read more

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When can a child return to school if she has been treated for pinworms?

Immediately: Children do not need to be kept out of school for pinworms. They are almost ubiquitous in preschool and daycare children and only need treated if they are causing symptoms. Most children who have them do not have symptoms and they and their families are not aware they are there. See http://www.Cdc.Gov/parasites/pinworm. ...Read more

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If I keep my child's nails short can I prevent spread of pinworm eggs?

No: Frequent handwashing in association with appropriate medication therapy will prevent the spread of pinworms. ...Read more

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I and my child wash our hands regularly, is there anything else I can do to prevent pinworm?

Trim nails: The eggs are often transmitted from under the nail beds, so keeping them short can decrease transmission. ...Read more

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Can dog poop or urine cause pinworms in a child?

Can dog poop or urine cause pinworms in a child?

Pinworms: No. Pinworms ( enterobius vermicularis) are exclusively transmitted from human to human . This is usually by hand to mouth transmission of microscopic eggs excreted on the peri-anal skin at night when the worms emerge into the warm air under the covers. Hence, the classic symptom of night waking due to "bottom itching". ...Read more

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My Child is on his second medication for pinworms but he still has lots of dead ones coming out in his stool.im quiet concerned at this point. Many thanks?

Enterobius: Some of pinworm larvae may hatch on the anal mucosa, and migrate up the bowel This retroinfection can lead to a heavy parasitic load and autoinfection through the anus-to-mouth route or through retroinfection often requires repeated treatment, at 2-week intervals, in order to remove the infection completely. Cleaning the house is essential and often very difficult. ...Read more

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My child has an itchy bum. Someone told me pinworms cause this. What are the symptoms and can I see them in her poo?

Small white worms: Yes you can see them in stool sometimes. Thin as a pin. 1/2 inch long. Also look at childs anus at night (flashlight helps)because they come out to lay eggs. Another cause of itchy anus is strep infection .Pinworms can be treated with over the counter medication. ...Read more

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If you take pinworm medicine while pregnant, does it affect the baby?

If you take pinworm medicine while pregnant, does it affect the baby?

Nope, you're good: Pinworm infections are usually treated with a one time dose of Vermox (mebendazole) 100 mg. It's a category c medicine and if used short term, it can be used safely in pregnancy. Usually we treat the whole family, chew it before you swallow it, and it can be repeated in 2 weeks if needed. Most patients do great with just one dose. It should not affect your baby even if retreatment is done. ...Read more

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Can my daughter get pinworms from handling/ cleaning tank from her turtle?

People have pinworms: Not turtles. Turtles can carry other diseases, however, so she should wash her hands after handling her turtles. ...Read more

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My son has pinworms and I was told to treat the whole family with Reeses Pinworm medicine and have. I am 22 weeks pregnant, could my baby be at risk?

My son has pinworms and I was told to treat the whole family with Reeses Pinworm medicine and have.  I am 22 weeks pregnant, could my baby be at risk?

No: That medication is not absorbed into your system/blood stream so it is very unlikely to harm your baby. Pinworm itself does not enter blood stream either, so your baby is safe from that, too. ...Read more

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I have pinworms at 20 weeks pregnant is this harmful to my baby? And how do I get rid of them?

Likely not harmful: Unless you are really ill from an intestinal infestation, pinworms should not harm your baby. Pyrantel pamoate (aka pin-x) is over-the-counter and worth a try. The two common prescription medications (vermox and albenza) are not recommended during pregnancy. ...Read more

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I'm about 6 weeks pregnant and i work at the local hospital and i think i may have gotten pinworms, vaginaly and anal. Is this ok for the baby?

They won't hurt BB: These rather benign parasites cause itching but live their lifetime in a separate compartment from baby.They will never cause baby a problem like some infections might. ...Read more

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I pretty sure I have worms and I'm 30 weeks pregnant! Can pinworms, hookworms or tapeworms hurt my baby?

Indirectly, yes: it can cause anemia in the mother, which in turn can affect fetal growth, but what makes you so sure? Would you tell your doctor about it and get treated, unless you have no access to prenatal care, then you better get started ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Enterobiasis (Definition)

Pinworm infestation causes itching around anus and less often ...Read more