Dr. Oz: Parasite Problems - KMSP-TV

Dr. Oz: Parasite Problems

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Does your child have a scratchy bottom? Especially at night? They could have pin worms. But they’re not alone. About thirty million school-aged children have these common parasites.

 

Pin worms get into the body by touching fingers to the mouth. At night, the mother of the worms crawls out of the colon, and they lay eggs. The excreted chemical around the anus then prompts itching.

 

Left untreated, these parasites can cause a loss of appetite, weight loss, and intestinal problems.

 

To test for pin worms? Simple, press a piece of cellophane tape on your child’s bottom at night. The worms and eggs will get trapped on this tape when they come out from the inside. In the morning, remove the tape and take it to the doctor for a diagnosis.

 

Remember, it’s easy to clear-up the infection once you know you have it.

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