Deworming your child – Necessary?

This topic was brought up for discussion in our parenting forum.

I replied as follows:

My paediatrician has told me that children who grew up in the urban areas do not need de-worming. Only children who run around barefoot on soil infested with animal droppings and those areas with no proper sewage system.

I then tried searching for ‘deworming’ and was amused that it only brings up sites about deworming animals like horses. After I key in ‘deworming children’, I find that only the under developed countries still practice this.

However, I understand that many parents are still bombarded with this issue because the older folks like the grandparents still subscribe to this idea.

If a child bite the nails, not eating well, eating too much but not gaining weight and etc, the grandparents will tell the parents that the child has worms. Each child has to be assess individually for their problems and not pointed to just one theory of ‘sure infested with worms.’

Therefore, parents – do not give your child deworming medicines unless recommended by your doctor. (which I doubt they will)

Originally posted 2005-08-15 23:24:58.

Post Author: Lilian

5 thoughts on “Deworming your child – Necessary?


    (August 16, 2005 - 12:39 am)

    This is the problem that I am having now. My child is eating a lot of stuff (including junk food) but not gaining weight and I’m being told that she is infested by worms… I have not given any deworming medicine. I thought it must be because she was sick (cold) and is still recovering.

    5xmom » Worms, worms, worms

    (August 16, 2005 - 1:10 am)

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    Mrs B

    (August 16, 2005 - 3:05 am)

    then you have the case of a hungry/curious baby (14mths) who will put everything into her mouth – baby will dig dig into the floor where there is dirt and promptly put into her mouth. I couldnt actually keep an eye on her all the time and hence, inevitably she ends up eating dirt.


    (June 15, 2009 - 3:39 pm)

    In the philippines, we give mass deworming to school children. Although a permit slip is required from every parent, still, we (nurses) feel that it is necessary to give this drug before initiating food for school program


    (July 14, 2009 - 2:10 am)

    it is necessary yes because of all the krap that is in the soils and also in our foods. my personal opinion is rather deworm than to find little worms coming out of places you really dont want them to come out from.

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