Seven facts about deworming

Worm infestation is very common health problem. Parasitic worms like round worm, pin worm, hook worm etc spread to humans through untidy hands, unhygienic practices and poor sanitation facilities.

For instance, a simple lick from your pet, a barefoot walk on your lawn, a swim in a reservoir or a pool with untreated water or negligence on your part to wash hands thoroughly before eating or preparing food after gardening or unwashed salad or untreated drinking water or milk or fluids or under cooked meat or school going children in your family can bring the eggs from these parasites.

These small worms are barely visible to the naked eye, but the discomfort level and illnesses caused are varied in intensity and seriousness. An untreated worm infestation can even result in the host's death.

Hundreds of millions of children worldwide are infected with parasitic worms. Remember that these worms are detrimental to your child’s health, their cognitive development, their education and a brighter future.

Chronic illness caused by worm infections reduces literacy and thus adult productivity thereby impacting on the economic development of low and middle income countries. Deworming is a process which helps get rid of worms that enter the human body.

We provide you with a list of seven facts that you need to know about the all-pervading worm infestation and getting rid of it via deworming:

1. Not only children but adults too are prone to worm infestations

2. Children above two years of age should be put under a regular routine of deworming to maintain good health

3. Worms enter the body due to lack of hygiene

4. The most common infestation are caused by the round worm, tape worm and hook worms

5. Lack of appetite, tiredness, anaemia, loose bowels, vomiting is all some common symptoms of worm infestation

6. Deworming every four to six months is the suggested frequency

7. Deworming should be done using prescribed drugs with appropriate dosages   

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