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Deworming your Family… and Why!!!

“Worms” are a subject that most parents would rather NOT think about… but the reality is that every South African child will benefit from a deworming program.

Age: The first dose should be given at two years of age and every six months thereafter.

Who else?: …yes, parents as well! Make sure your animals are also dewormed regularly.

How: There are two options for children. A single dose Mebendazole 10ml or else a three day course (5ml twice a day) both available in a syrup form.
Adults: A single dose tablet.

Where: Available from any Pharmacy, Clicks or Dischem.

Why: The world is full of parasites and the chances of acquiring them are high however clean you are.
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 / preparing food after gardening can result in eggs / larvae of these parasites entering your body.

Severe symptoms:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Poor concentration
  • Stomach aches
  • Irritability
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Bed wetting
  • Teeth grinding

More information:

    • ROUNDWORMS:
      These worms live in the intestines of various animals. They are ingested in unwashed contaminated food/ soil.
      The larvae hatch once ingested.
    • PINWORMS:
      PINWORMS are acquired through contaminated food and water but also through house dust and human contact.

 

      Commonly found in crowded areas like Day Care Centres.

 

      The female PINWORM crawls down the intestine to lay eggs around the anal canal at night, resulting in an itchy bottom.

 

      They are tiny ivory coloured parasites about 2-3mm long and are highly contagious.

 

      The eggs of the PINWORM may be transported on pets, toilet seats, unwashed hands , pajama trousers and on bedding .

 

    The eggs/larvae may remain viable for several weeks.

  • HOOKWORMS:
    The female HOOKWORM lays thousands of eggs daily, contaminating soil. The eggs enter through the skin, often between our toes.
    The HOOKWORM is 5-11mm long and is found in the gut of cats, dogs and humans.
    The HOOKWORM attaches itself the mucosa of the small intestine where it depletes the body of important nutrients leading to chronic iron deficient anaemia.
  • DWARF TAPEWORMS:
    The TAPEWORM is found in the faeces of rats and fleas and is carried by insects. It is then ingested in contaminated food and water.
    The TAPEWORM is 1.5 inches long and develops in the small intestine.

…SO, please deworm your family every 6 months!

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