If neglected. Tape tapeworm infestation occurs due to contaminated food (uncooked) and water supply frequently seen in developing countries. Yes if untreated, looses most of the nourishment s to the worms, child will be malnourished, and will affect the child.
Yes. Tapeworms are dangerous in children and adults. They lead to loss of weight, nutritional deficiences, and malnutrition. These can lead to problems in other parts of the body such as the kidneys and heart. They can also lead to allergic-type reactions as the body tries to fight it. In children, since they are still growing, a parasitic infection like tapeworms can lead to stunted growth.