The fact of the matter is that it can happen to almost anyone.
Worms are parasites that attach themselves to and exploit the human body in order to grow and reproduce, and will deprive your children of all the nourishment that is found in the food you give them. These parasites can be passed on through poor hygiene, but are also found in sand and soil – the kinds of places in which children love to play!
One of the more obvious symptoms of a worm infestation is an itchy bottom, but many of the symptoms can be mistaken for something else and are therefore missed and left untreated. This in turn can lead to further problems. It is likely that most children will be affected by worms at some stage of their lives, so it is essential to encourage good personal hygiene. In the home, special care must be taken with the preparation of food. To prevent the transmission of worms, all members of an affected household should be treated and bedding, towels and carpets disinfected. It is recommended that we de-worm ourselves four times per year initially, and then every six months after that. Fortunately, products like Cipex make the treatment and the prevention of worms safe and easy.
About worms and how to treat
Where do worms come from?
The eggs and larvae of various worms are found in the soil and in nature generally. Worm infestation can therefore affect the cleanest of families and may have nothing to do with hygiene in the home. Children who regularly play outside are especially susceptible, and families with young children or pets should ideally be dewormed regularly.
Worm eggs can also be transferred in contaminated foods (e.g. unwashed vegetables), in the air that we breathe and by contact with an infected person.
Types of worms:
How would I recognise worm infestation?
The signs and symptoms depend on the type of worm and the intensity of the infection. Most present with a history of passing worms or eggs per rectum. In many instances these children are either symptom free, or have non-specific symptoms such as nausea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, restlessness, diarrhoea or constipation, slight fever, perianal itching, etc.
Untreated worm infestation can lead to more severe complications, including bowel obstruction, anaemia, delayed growth (in children), irritability, tiredness and poor school performance.
How do I treat worm infestations?
Infestations are often caused by more than one parasite, therefore it is sensible to use a broad-spectrum anti-worm medicine.
Cipla Medpro brings you a cost-effective, quality medicine for deworming purposes. Cipex tablets and suspension, with the active ingredient mebendazole, covers all types of worm infestations (incl. Tapeworm). Cipex kills the worm by interfering with the worm’s uptake of glucose. The glycogen depletion results in the depletion of the worm’s energy source and its consequent death.
How often should I deworm?
In most cases, deworming children once every three months is sufficient. In older children, de-worming twice a year (every six months) is usually all that is necessary. It is advisable to treat the whole family if an infestation is suspected, even if not all family members display all the symptoms. Therefore, January, April, July and October are ideal months to deworm.