Deworming Exercise for Children
As part of the O.B Lulu-Brigg’s Foundation’s Medical Mission’s Programme, periodic mass deworming exercises are held in schools and local governments every year. This programme is geared towards tackling worm related issues in children.
Three of the most common kinds of worms that infect children are roundworm (Ascaris lumbricoides), whipworm (Trichuris trichiura) and hookworm (Ancylostoma duodenale and Necator americanus). These worms live in the intestines and their numbers build up through repeated infection. Children may often be infected with more than one kind of worm.
Why do children need to be dewormed?
When people ask such questions as why their children should be dewormed, we simply tell them its necessary for general well being of their children.
If a child is infected, the different kinds of worms can cause different symptoms, and children with only a few worms probably won’t notice any symptoms. However, with heavier infections, common symptoms in children with one or more kind or worm may include the following though there may be other causes:
- Distended abdomen
- Painful abdomen
- Restlessness and generally feeling unwell
The drugs used to treat worms are known as anthelmintics, it kills the worm eventually allows them to be passed from the gut during normal defaecation. There is no significant absorption of the drug from the gut into the bloodstream, which means that the incidence of side effects with these drugs is very rare.