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Threadworm - Information for Parents

What are Threadworms?
Threadworms, also known as pinworms, are tiny parasitic worms that hatch eggs in and infect the large intestine of humans.

Threadworms are the most common type of worm infection in the UK, and they are particularly common in young children under the age of 10.

Threadworms are white and look like small pieces of thread.  You may notice them around your child's bottom or in your or your child's stools.

They don't always cause symptoms, but people often notice itchiness around their bottom. This can be worse at night and can sometimes disturb sleep.

How can infection be prevented?
It is not always possible to prevent a threadworm infection, but you can significantly reduce your risk by always maintaining good hygiene and encouraging children to do the same.

Children should wash their hands regularly, particularly after going to the toilet and before mealtimes. Kitchen and bathroom surfaces should be kept clean.

If your child is infected, encouraging them not to scratch the affected atea around their bottom will help prevent re-infection and reduce the risk of the infection spreading to other people.

Treatment of Threadworms
If you or your child may have threadworms, you can usually treat the infection yourself with medication available at pharmacies without prescription. More detailed information is available on the NHS choices website http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Threadworms

If you wish to speak to the School Nurse she can be contacted at Stourbridge Health and Social Care Centre on 01384 323770. 

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