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.