What Are Intestinal Worms

What are intestinal worms?

Intestinal worms are microscopic parasites which live inside your intestines. They cause mild to severe diarrhea, abdominal cramps and nausea. Most commonly they affect children under five years old. Sometimes these infections may go undiagnosed for months or even years. When you have worms in your body, it means that you cannot digest certain foods properly and suffer from other problems such as weight loss, fatigue, poor appetite and irritability.

How do I know if my child has worms?

You can test yourself. You need to take a stool sample from your child. If there are worms in the stool, then you will definitely know that your child has intestinal worms. There are different kinds of intestinal worms: roundworms (flatworm), whipworms (roundworm) and hookworms (hookworm). Roundworms usually appear in the intestine when a person is infected with tapeworms. Hookworms usually appear in the intestine when a person is infected with roundworm.


These worms are very small and look like little black specks. They can only be seen under a microscope.

Roundworms can survive outside the body for up to three years before dying out naturally.

Children are most commonly infected by roundworms. They can spread through hands which touch the ground, and then the hands and fingers are put in the mouth.

Children should be kept away from soil if they have a roundworm infection. It is very easy to contract this disease, but it is also easy to prevent. An experienced doctor can diagnose and prescribe medication for roundworms.


These are some of the smallest worms that can infect humans. They resemble flatworms but have hooks around their mouths allowing them to attach themselves to the walls of the intestines.

They can live for several weeks in the human body, and can infect an individual by penetrating the skin. The host may experience allergic reactions at the point of entry. Hookworms are commonly contracted while walking barefoot on contaminated soil. They are easily treated with medication prescribed by a physician.


These worms are usually only found in the North America and Australia. Children are commonly infected by whipworms because their parents may not keep their play areas free of animal feces.

The infection is usually acquired by putting contaminated fingers in the mouth. Itching around the rectum may also be a symptom of a whipworm infection. This infection can be diagnosed and treated by a physician.

What happens when I get worms?

Worms can be easily treated. The most important thing about a worm infection is to keep your child’s diet light and free of dairy foods in order to prevent blockages in the small intestine. Drinking a lot of water will help the medicine work more quickly. The worms will die and eventually pass through the digestive tract. After that, your child should begin eating with normal amounts of fiber in his or her diet.

Can I prevent worm infection?

There are many ways to prevent worm infestation. One of the most important things is changing your child’s playmates. If there is a child in the neighborhood or at daycare that has worms, then it is almost certain that your child will catch them, so keeping your child away from this child will help prevent infection. Keeping your child away from farm animals and keeping their hands out of their mouths will also help prevent it. Most of the time, this is all it takes to prevent worm infection.

One of the most important things to remember is that you should contact your physician as soon as you think your child has worms. He or she will be able to prescribe medication that should clear up the infestation after one treatment.

There are some intestinal worms that require more than one treatment, but these are rare.

Worms in humans is a very serious matter and should be dealt with immediately. The best way to prevent worm infestation is to make sure your child does not consume anything that may have been contaminated by animal feces.

This includes dirt, sandboxes and public play areas. You should keep your child away from animals, especially farm animals, because they often carry parasites.

What are the symptoms of worm infestation?

Symptoms of worm infestation in humans may differ depending on the type of worm. One of the most common is rectal bleeding caused by pinworms. This is a very small, white thread-like object that protrudes from the rectum.

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