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Threadworm

Threadworms are small worms in poo which can cause itching around the bottom. Threadworms are common in children and can spread easily if not treated.

You may notice your child itching and they may struggle to sleep at night because of it. Threadworms can be treated at home and children can still go to school if they have threadworm.

Things You Can Do to Help

If you or your child has threadworm, you can buy medicine to treat them from the chemist. This is usually a chewable tablet or liquid.

Treat everyone in the house, even if they don't have symptoms.

Medicine kills the threadworms, but not the eggs which can live up to two weeks outside the body. To make sure you don't get infected again after treatment:

  • Wash hands and scrub under fingernails – particularly before eating, after using the toilet, or changing nappies. Take a look at the video below to see how to wash your hands really well
  • Encourage children to wash hands regularly
  • Bathe or shower every morning
  • Rinse toothbrushes before using them
  • Keep fingernails short
  • Wash sleepwear, sheets, towels and soft toys at normal temperature
  • Disinfect kitchen and bathroom surfaces
  • Vacuum and dust with a damp cloth
  • Make sure children wear underwear at night – change it in the morning.

A good hand wash, takes the same time as singing happy birthday twice!

Who Can Help?

You can speak to a pharmacist before trying any new creams or lotions on your child.  To find your local pharmacy *Click Here*

You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

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