What’s a Mom to Do? Pinworms: A Real Pain in the A….


Hi Dr. Aviva, My 2 1/2 year-old daughter is being treated for pinworms. I would like to try everything I can to get rid of them…I have read they can be very hard to get rid of. She has been on Vermox for 1 week and I was researching natural remedies for treating pinworm infections online…I purchased papaya enzyme supplements and am wondering what dosage would be safe to give a 2-year-old. Any direction that you can give me in the dosage for my daughter would be great! Thank you for your time! ~ SH

Um, Excuse the Topic Butt

Ok, I know this is a kinda’ gross sounding topic, so I hope you’re not reading it over your breakfast. But several different women have emailed in recently asking about pinworms in their kids and in pregnancy. So what are they and what can you do if you or your kiddos are dealing with them?

Pinworms: What are They and Who gets ‘Em?

Pinworms, tiny (about 1 cm) parasites with a threadlike appearance that live in the lower intestines, are such a nuisance!  They are common in school-aged children, and are moderately contagious, particularly in households. They are common in all socioeconomic groups. There’s no blame, no thinking that you or your kids are dirty, and no blaming someone else.

The worms are spread by eggs that are picked up from hand contact, from kids who have been scratching their bottoms, contaminated food, soil or a sandbox. The eggs can remain dormant for months.

While pinworms are not dangerous, they can cause bothersome anal itching, vaginal itching or pain, night waking, irritability at bedtime or even during the day, constipation, chronic dry cough, nose picking, dark circles under the eyes, appetite for sweets, whininess, and bellyaches that may be mild or intense. These symptoms generally come and go in cycles of every 2 weeks, coincident with the life cycle of the worm. The female is especially active at the full moon and at night, when she lays her eggs around the anus (I know, this just keeps getting grosser!)

A diagnosis is made on the basis of a simple “scotch tape test,” by visibly seeing them at the child’s anus, or through a stool sample. The scotch tape test is simple and can be done at home. Touch a piece of clear Scotch tape, with the sticky side to the skin, to both sides of the buttocks near the anus. Do this in the morning before your child bathes or showers. Repeat two mornings in a row. Bring the 2 tape samples into the doctor’s office for microscopic examination.

What’s a Mom To Do?

While I am a huge proponent of herbs and natural medicines, take it from a mom-herbalist-MD, this is one of the few common health conditions that is more effectively treated with pharmaceuticals than with natural remedies. While we all prefer to avoid giving our kids pharmaceuticals, the natural alternatives are not that effective, take a long time to work if at all, and when it comes to herbs, the ones that are used for  pinworm treatment are entirely unpalatable, and in the large doses needed, some can be toxic. Therefore, I tell my patients to treat their children and other symptomatic family members with an over-the-counter or prescribed anti-pinworm medication.

The one time I would make exception and try to treat with home remedies is during pregnancy. Most pinworm medications are category C, so can be used when necessary, but you can try an alternative first. However, most herbal medications traditionally used to kill intestinal worms, for example, wormwood, are unsafe in pregnancy.

A safe approach for pregnant women is to take 2-3 cloves of raw garlic daily for 6 weeks to eliminate pinworms, while treating the other members of the family conventionally. To eat the garlic  use it raw on salads and vegetables. If your pregnant stomach can’t tolerate this, crush it with a garlic crusher, place it on a spoon with a small amount of honey and chase it with water.

Hysterical Hygiene: No Laughing Matter!

In addition to using the proper medication, what I laughingly (but seriously) call hysterical hygiene must be followed to completely eliminate the infection from the household. Aside from the anal itching, this is why I consider pinworms such a pain in the behind!

  1. Thoroughly wash hands before preparing food.
  2. Get children into the habit of washing hands with warm, soapy water upon awakening and before all meals.
  3. Keep fingernails short.
  4. Teach family members that if they do scratch, they should wash hands and under nails immediately, and remind them to stop scratching!
  5. Get kids (and adults) to wear underwear or close-fitting bottoms to bed to prevent eggs and critters from getting very far.
  6. Give your kids a shower each morning for 3 days after the medication has been given, rinsing their bottom and anal area well.
  7. Change bath towels after each use, and launder hand towels every couple of days.
  8. Change all bedding every few days during treatment. Don’t shake out the sheets as you take them off the bed, as this will send the tiny eggs flying. Just fold up the sheets and wash on a hot cycle.
  9. Vacuum (don’t sweep) every couple of days, and damp-mop at least once a week.
  10. Clean around the toilet and wipe faucets and doorknobs in the bathroom every couple of days.

Medication without hygienic measures often fails to prevent re-infestation, so no matter what internal remedies you give, observe the hysterical hygiene rules!

Diet and Prevention

Even with a healthy diet, pinworms happen. However, de-emphasizing certain foods and emphasizing others can help eliminate them or prevent their recurrence. Decrease or eliminate refined foods such as white flour and other highly processed products, baked goods, sweets (including natural ones), juices, and even the amount of fruit in the diet.

Certain foods are considered irritating and discouraging to worms. These include pickles, apple cider vinegar, salty foods, onions, garlic, hot peppers, and Calimyrna figs. You may want to increase the spiciness of your diet for a while.

Raw pumpkin seeds are a traditional pinworm remedy. They are also super healthy. While they are not enough to treat pinworms alone, adding ¼ cup daily to the diet might be helpful in preventing recurrence.

Papaya enzymes are safe to take, but over the years, experience has shown me that they really aren’t that effective in treating pinworms. There is no standardized dosing for children; however, they really are quite safe. For children over 2 who can chew pills or tablets without risk of choking, give 1/3 of the adult dose.

Stomach hydrochloric acid (HCl) may help to destroy the eggs before they migrate to the intestines. Vegetarians sometimes have lower levels. Ditto for those taking PPIs- drugs like prilosec – which also inhibit stomach acid. If your family is strictly vegetarian and you are having chronic problems with pinworms, you may want to think about adding small amounts of meat to your diet and speak with a nutritionist or physician about ways you can raise the HCl levels. And talk with your doctor about getting off PPI’s if you’re on them, or your child is, and pinworms are a persistent problem.

What To Expect

Pinworms can be very challenging to eliminate with herbal remedies, but with persistence and scrupulous attention to hygiene and appropriate use of conventional medicines, it can be done. The worms have a life cycle of approximately 2 weeks, so the real trick to eliminating them is preventing re-infestation. If you are able to do this, you can clear up the problem in 3 to 6 weeks. Pregnant women should consult with their midwife or doctor before taking any pharmaceuticals. Garlic can be taken, 2-3 cloves daily, as a natural remedy during pregnancy, with follow-up using the medication if the garlic is not effective quickly enough.

Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Read or leave comments 72 Comment


Generic placeholder image
Tknepp

Such a timely post - we have been struggling with this for a while. My question has to do with how to treat both a nursing mom and a baby too young to take the pharmaceuticals. My understanding is that it's not safe for little ones til age three - is that correct? I have an 18-month-old who nurses quite a bit. I want to treat his two older brothers, but want to make sure we are all eliminating the pinworms simultaneously so as to prevent reinfection - don't want to have to give the drugs again! Thanks in advance!

Reply

    Generic placeholder image
    Maria

    Did you manage to get rid of the pinworms? Also curious how to treat for a nursing mom and small baby.

    Reply

      Generic placeholder image
      aviva

      I use medications when it comes to pinworms in kids - over 30 years I've found it to be the most sane and effective approach for all involved. And fastidious hand washing and house keeping to get rid of eggs. Sorry - pinworms are such a hassle.

      Reply

        Generic placeholder image
        Z

        Hi, my son is having his third recurring infection. I've treated twice with Reese's pin-x (meaning 2 courses, 4 actually treatments altogether) No one else in the family is getting them, though I treated all of us with my son. I washed and washed for days, and he is a diligent hand washer.....is he resistant to the medication? Should I try something else?

        Reply

          Generic placeholder image
          Aviva Romm

          Hi there. Sometimes a recurring infection is due to susceptibility in the host - so I'd check diet for sugar and high refined carbs, juice, etc, and make sure nutrient status and gut health are excellent if they keep coming back...


Generic placeholder image
julie

thank you for this post! we have been battling them for months, although I *think* they are gone now, we have been taking pinex most recently after natural remedies not working. I am pleased to hear your advice as natural remedies not the best for this one. That is what I have learned too. My biggest thing was one piece pjs so they can't itch at night. My little boy sucks his thumb too, so it has really been challenging!

Reply

Generic placeholder image
kate

Hi after struggling with pinworms off and on for years i read somewhere that a topical application of vaseline was helpful. I didn't have any Vaseline however so i used the closest thing i had which was some homemade plantain and yarrow salve. It instanly stopped the itching and the worms went away after around a week of thick nightly applications on the whole family. Thank you for the articles

Reply

    Generic placeholder image
    Lisa

    Wow!!!!! Does it kill them?

    Reply

Generic placeholder image
Ella

The way I learned to effectively deal with pinworms is to liberally coat the anus with diaper rash cream every night. This breaks the life cycle of the pinworms by preventing them from effectively laying eggs. It takes about 6 weeks of faithfully doing this every night and following all of Aviva's hygiene and cleanliness suggestions suggestions. It has always worked for me and my family. Anyone else have success with this?

Reply

    Generic placeholder image
    Bre

    This Is my second time using diaper rash cream it works for my 5 year old

    Reply

      Generic placeholder image
      meagan

      What kind of diaper rash cream? My 2 yr old has them and he wakes up crying so bad.

      Reply

Generic placeholder image
Jill

THANK YOU!!! I can't believe the range of symptoms on this one! It makes total sense, now. I have a feeling that dealing with pinworms is a fact of farm living and the topical application of the same yarrow/plantain salve (a la Susun Weed) has helped us a lot too. Nightly application and changing of pjs everynight and undies helps a lot. I might consider though the pharmaceuticals now that I see the range of symptoms. It may be more of a problem than I thought...Thanks for your sage advice. Your books have saved me many a trip to the doc or emergency and given me pause to calm myself and the empowerment to nourish and heal my family. I am so glad you've created this site. I've been waiting :)

Reply

Generic placeholder image
Bryan

Dr. Romm, Thank you for this post, however, our family has been struggling with this for more than 6-7 weeks. And unfortunately, we've done everything described above. We have a 4 year old and a newborn (wife still nursing) and we can't seem to get rid of them. We've seen 3 separate doctors (including a GI specialist). We've taken dose after dose of both Vermox and Albenza. We wash our hands and clothes constantly, bath and shower with rubber gloves/masks. We've taken garlic, wormwood, ground clove, apple cider vinegar, pumpkin seeds, and any possible natural remedy we have read about. And yet, they still persist. What would you suggest we do? Help!!!

Reply

    Generic placeholder image
    aviva

    Hi Bryan Sounds painful! Oy. I hope you've nipped it by now. If not, most likely there is some source of reinfection. I wouldn't keep on with the herbs. Make sure you are doing the meds properly, with a repeat dose consistent with the rehatching cycle. If they are still occurring, have someone recheck the diagnosis! Best! Aviva

    Reply

Generic placeholder image
Clauida

I have one kid out of 4 who seems to get everything. He had them a year ago and using Eucalyptus spray on his butt and garlic inside his body, I was blessed to get rid of them. They do not like eucalyptus, apparently they kill them or something. Who knows but it worked. Well he has them again this year. I notice when he showers and scrubs before bed and applies the eucalyptus he can sleep through the night. Then I garlic him during the day. I just started treating it so we will see how long it takes this time. I think tonight, after more research, I will add the juice of the garlic to his anus. Garlic is a God-send for sure.

Reply

    Generic placeholder image
    Lisa

    how do you garlic him

    Reply

Generic placeholder image
Meg

Claudia, Does the garlic burn his bum? My 4 year old keeps getting the worms and taking the meds. She is super sensitive and knows when has them. Every time she says she has a worm in her bum we find it right away. So this time we are trying the natural route with crushed garlic mixed with diaper rash cream. She screams that the garlic burns -- I don't think she could tolerate a whole clove. I'm worried that the vermox is not safe in the multiple doses -like 8 over a years time. ??

Reply

Generic placeholder image
emma

Hi ive just found a pinworm on my daughters anus - i was completely unaware as to what it was until i goggled..... My daughter has been complaining of terrible tummy pains at night for the last few weeks and broken sleep which is not like her - and tonight was the first time she said her bum hurt too and when i looked there it was..... what is the first thing i need to do - Also please note my daughter is 7 and is a very nervous child so if i was to tell her there was a worm inside her she would probably have a panic attack - i kid you not!!! One last question i read on a site that possible side effects are nervousness, anxiety & loss of appetite is it possible that my daughter has had these pinworms for a long time and this is what is adding to her anxiety as it seems to have become a lot worse especially at night - she always finds something to be worried about when she gets her tummy pains - (tonight she cried for over an hour about her school trip that is not for another few months!!!!!!) Is it possible that the two are connected Thank you so much in advance as i am now a very anxious mother

Reply

    Generic placeholder image
    aviva

    Hi!First, don't worry. They are an unpleasant but overall not too harmful parasite. I'd probably not say anything and just give the medicine as a supplement since it might upset her so much and be traumatic. And yes, they can have been present for awhile and cause the symptoms you mention. The medication is the most certainly effective treatment. Best, Aviva

    Reply

Generic placeholder image
Shannon

Hi, like many of the folks above my family has struggled with pinworms. We have tried everything. I have heard that their may be a link to the mercury in fillings with the inability to get rid of the worms. Have you heard anything about this? Wondering if this makes sense. Thanks!

Reply

    Generic placeholder image
    aviva

    I have not heard this before. I can look into this. More likely, it is inadequate treatment...

    Reply

    Generic placeholder image
    Sarah

    Not saying that has some truth to it, but my kids have recurring infections and none of them have fillings.

    Reply

Generic placeholder image
Guy

Your comment about eggs not surviving stomach acid is incorrect. In fact, people get worms by ingesting eggs not worms. The cleanliness routine you suggest is to prevent ingestion of eggs and thus break the life cycle.

Reply

    Generic placeholder image
    aviva

    Hi there, Can you please send evidence about the eggs not surviving stomach acid being incorrect? For most parasites and bacteria this is absolutely the case. However, your comment has prompted my to do an extensive literature search and in fact, I cannot find evidence one way or the other. If you read the article correctly I believe I do state that infection is caused by the eggs and this is the reason for the hygiene. Please let me know how you read it otherwise. Always happy to correct. Also please include your credentials if you don't mind. Thank you.

    Reply

Generic placeholder image
Danielle

Dear Aviva, Many sites recommend using diatomaceous earth for pinworms. I recently tried this for my daughter and I, in addition to squeaky clean living, garlic, pumpkin seeds, homeopath, etc. We are now ten days into treatment and I've just been warned about the de harming our digestive tract. Now I am confused and freaked out about the damage the de may have caused. Do you have any insights to offer? Since we are mid way through treatment, any recommendations on how to proceed? Do I keep the daily cleanings? It's exhausting!

Reply

    Generic placeholder image
    aviva

    Yeah, I'm not comfortable with eating clay and soil. Too many potential contaminants, and really hard to move through the bowels. I'd do the meds. And yeah, unfortunately, the hysterical hygiene for about a month is necessary. I know it sucks! Sorry.

    Reply

Generic placeholder image
Melra

My 7 year old daughter has been struggling with these for 2 months. I have a 2 month old baby....is it possible for him to get it?

Reply

    Generic placeholder image
    aviva

    yes, it is...

    Reply

Generic placeholder image
Amy

This is new for me. My two year old has been complaining off and on for about 4 months that his tummy hurts, we always have him try and poop and it seems usually that was the problem. Now my 5 year old says the inside of his bum hurts. Now I'm off for some OTC meds and some hysterical cleaning. Hopefully this will do the trick.

Reply

Generic placeholder image
Colby

Thanks for the post! We've been battling these off and on for years, and it's a real trial. My daughter has severe anxiety; she has noticed the worms. It was interesting that someone pointed out a possible connection. In any case, we've tried Vermox in the past and more recently a homeopathic tincture. My kids run around outside barefoot, which may be contributing to the problem. At first I really stepped up my clean routine, but tapered off, as I just plain ran out of steam. My biggest concern is possibly inadvertently passing them on to others. I am very paranoid about having anyone over. I had thought we were over it, but now it seems we're not. Is it safe to donate articles that have been in our home (dishware in cabinets) and books, or do I need to scrupulously clean everything first? (What lengths do I need to go to to make sure our friends don't get them?) I know that they can be picked up almost anywhere, and are fairly common, but for my peace of mind, I hate to think of contributing to their spread. My daughter was upset about using a towel again and I said "look, you already have them!" If we wash our hands and clean our linens, and take the medicine, at what point can we expect to beat this? I'm concerned about eliminating them from our household, and minimizing the chance others will catch them. If someone is at our house, and doesn't wash hands before eating, is that enough to catch them? Or does their immune system and other factors play more of a role? Germs are everywhere, but people don't always get sick.

Reply

    Generic placeholder image
    aviva

    OH - sounds agonizing! Yes, in fact, that is enough to pass them on - sorry to say. I wouldn't go toooooo crazy - or be paranoid. Put out fresh towels for guests, keep kids hands out of the communal food, etc. Common sense level of cleaning.

    Reply

Generic placeholder image
Candice

Carrot Juice and raw carrot helps get rid of pinworm, tried and tested. I also recommend vaseline smeared thickly around and in the anus at night as the worms can't lay eggs or breathe! Its difficult to break the cycle so carrot juice twice a week should help. I have no credentials, this was tried and tested method that helped me.

Reply

    Generic placeholder image
    aviva

    Yes, the vaseline trick can work! Thank you for this helpful addition! :) Aviva

    Reply

    Generic placeholder image
    Amy

    Raw carrots and carrot juice is excellent! I was pregnant and being nauseated and sick I started craving and eating nothing but thick juicy carrots(from the farmers market). You know, you wake up in the morning, you feel sick, you don't wnt to eat anything. Eating carrots for on an empty stomach for couple of days and then I started having severe movement in my untestinal tract. It was a sick and gross discovery. I continued for couple more days and stoped. Didn't know what was going on at that time. But now I see that the juice was killing them.

    Reply

    Generic placeholder image
    maman4

    Thank you for the carrot juice tip! Did you juice them yourself? When did you take the carrot juice? In the am/on an empty stomach? Lastly, how much did you drink/for how long? Thanks so much!

    Reply

Generic placeholder image
April

Oh and do they look like thread really? Do they move? Some pictures on the web look thicker than thread?

Reply

Generic placeholder image
Lee

Hi, I am 8 weeks pregnant and my doctor has said to avoid the meds. She did suggest however that she had heard of using a clove of garlic as a suppository. Have you heard of this and it is safe? Do you know if this is more effective than eating garlic? Any advice much appreciated as I am so early in my pregnancy, there is a long med-free road ahead. Much appreciated.

Reply

    Generic placeholder image
    aviva

    Hi Lee, Yes, this can be done and garlic can be taken orally, which is more effective for killing the little buggers. Crushed on a spoon with a tiny bit of olive or coconut oil to make it go down! Best. Aviva

    Reply

Generic placeholder image
Becky

Very helpful information. Thank you. A question though: This morning I checked my 2yr olds stool after he complained of tummy pain. I literally saw tons of worms wiggling around!!!! You can imagine my horror. My question is if you can see this many dies that mean this is a severe infestation??? I bought our meds just now and will give them to all of us (two more children) plus do the Vasoline at night.

Reply

Generic placeholder image
Cynthia

We have 4 children (8, 6,5 and 2) and have pinworms for the 4th time in a year. This is driving me nuts! I have done all the super cleaning for a month each time, and am super on the kids about washing hands, and using hand sanitizer. The 2 year old sucks her fingers and the 5 year old is a nail biter. BUT my son and I are always the first ones to have symptoms... which is weird because he is the oldest and I am constantly cleaning my hands and everyone elses and their things! We have seen 3 different Drs, 2 who said it was a hygiene issue ad basically accused me of not washing and cleaning enough. Well that is a bunch of bull cuz I am washing and cleaning like a madwoman! It was pretty insulting. We have tried the Vermox and PinX and most recently Reese's. I am SOOOOOOOO tired of this, itchy bottoms, all the constant cleaning. When will this stop. I have read all the other notes here but I am just so helpless and hopeless right now. Should we do medicine again, is if SAFE to do it so often???? Should we have everyone do an enema a couple of days after the medicine to flush everything out?? HELP!!!!!!

Reply

    Generic placeholder image
    aviva

    No - don't do enemas. This does not help with pinworms. Somehow there's a source somewhere - outside the family? School? Add LOTS of fresh garlic to the diet and see if this helps...Sorry you're struggling with this! Sounds awful...

    Reply

Generic placeholder image
John

Thanks for bringing this nasty bug to light...hadn't heard of it before. One thing I will say is garlic is so wonderful and can be used for everything I swear :) Have you ever used grape fruit seed extract?

Reply

    Generic placeholder image
    aviva

    Hi John, I do not use GSE at al because it is actually not a natural product, but a pesticide residue on the grapefruit seed, that has the microbicidal action. This is well documented in the natural foods product industry and scientifically. It is literally like taking a dose of pesticides to treat infection. Garlic, on the other hand is wonderful.

    Reply

Generic placeholder image
kel

My 10 year old daughter is complaining that her bum hurts on a night and feels like she needs to go for a num 2 but nothing happens ,she gets to the point of squrming about in bed in pain with it , this has even stopped her from going to sleepovers with freinds ,could this be pinworms ? X

Reply

    Generic placeholder image
    aviva

    Sounds more like constipation/retention but a stool test can solve the question...Best. Aviva

    Reply

Generic placeholder image
Crystal

My three yr old daughter just started complaining one week ago about the intense urge to pee along with stomach pains. By the middle of the week she was rushing to the potty almost every 2 min, so I took her to her ped. and had a dip test for a UTI. The test showed negative for nitrates but and some white blood cells. He sent the urine for a culture test to look further, and told me I would get a call if there were signs of infection. There was no call, but the bathroom visits have turned into the intense urge to have a BM not to urinate. The worst time is at night. She squirms and hollers about her bum and is afraid to get off the potty. She isn't falling asleep until wee hours of the morning. She is having a BM now and then, but it very runny, pail diarrhea. Also, she has had an extreme increase in apatite. Usually, this is quite opposite to when she has had constipation problems in the past. I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions please. I always had a weird feeling that it could be some kind of worm. We live in the country and we try to keep shoes on, but the is always the occasional time we are barefoot, and there are the times she digs around in the dirt with fingers going in every whole she has on her cute little head. Thank you for your time. -Crystal

Reply

    Generic placeholder image
    aviva

    Hi Crystal, This would require a work up - a stool test would be a good place to start is she is not having a UTI. Pinworms can give UTI like symptoms... Aviva

    Reply

Generic placeholder image
Amber

Hi Aviva! We discovered two days ago that our youngest two boys (ages 2 and 4) have pinworms...I had them as a child so I knew the basics of treating them. We got them the prescription yesterday and treated my oldest son (age 6) as well. My concern is...we have a six week old little girl and I am nursing. What is safe for me to take? If the baby gets it, what can we do for her? I feel like I can't completely monitor where my kids hands go--my youngest son sucks his thumb. We are following the hysterical hygiene routine and I am a little freaked out about not being able to get rid of these things just from alot of the things I have read--one naturopath I spoke to even said that in his opinion, the meds were the worst thing to take because they work by killing the females, leaving behind massive loads of eggs which hatch and cause an even more massive retro infection. He also said Vaseline or anything on the bottom to prevent the females from laying eggs wasn't good because then the females would just lay the eggs internally. Any of this true? Thoughts?

Reply

    Generic placeholder image
    aviva

    that's why you have to retreat with the medicine a second time - to kill what hatches. vaseline can help but it's not usually enough. good luck!

    Reply

Generic placeholder image
Alice

Hello me again I forgot to tell something important about the vinegar... It burns, it's a moderate burn sensation but really works. If you are brave enough do it!

Reply

Generic placeholder image
Judy Roofener

My grand daughter 10 yrs. old visiting has pin worms. She has had them before. We noticed them 5 days ago. We gave her a medicine called Reses. We will repeat it in 2 wks. We have been washing all the sheets and blankets in 3 bedrooms every day for the last 5 days. I read on your website you have to wash all bedding for a month. Did you mean all the bedding in the whole house for a month?

Reply

    Generic placeholder image
    aviva

    yes...i know it's a pain. can really make a difference...

    Reply

Generic placeholder image
Sarah

Hello :) Our five year old daughter has been experiencing pinworms for about a year now. We have tried everything- she's taken Pinx, done a kids cleanse, consumed foods like carrots and pumpkin seeds, and even olive leaf extract. I wash the sheets every night, vacuum, mop, disinfect surfaces and doorknobs, etc. She isn't allowed to play with playdough anymore since I thought they may get in there somehow. I wash her every morning after she wakes up, and do her laundry in hot water. I'm clueless. I don't know what else to do to get rid of these things. Someone suggest black walnut and wormwood or Diametarious Earth, but I'm afraid they'll be too strong for her. She's petite and weighs 35 pounds. If you could please be of assistance, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

Reply

    Generic placeholder image
    aviva

    Pinworms need to be treated with meds. I promise and say this based on 35 years of experience treating kids. The herbs are too disgusting for kids to take, I don't recommend diamataceous earth at all. Meds, cleaning, and dietary changes to prevent recurrences.

    Reply

      Generic placeholder image
      Chelsea

      I am so happy to have stumbled upon your page. I have been struggling with this for going on about four years now and I STILL believe that there is a cure for this. I have tried pretty much everything (I've done my research) and I still have them. They are a nuisance at night and that is one of the questions that I have for you! What is the BEST thing to apply on my anus and vaginal region at night to prevent the eggs being layed and hatched? Also, I am certain that I have some in my ear as before I used to pick my ears alot with the contamination under my fingernails. How long can they survive in my ears/nose? I am really fighting for my life right now. ALSO, I need to mention that these awful creatures must have some sort of brain because when I need to see them, they are no where to be found but when I am not looking for them, they are to be seen! They really do not want to leave my body! Does clove oil in water sprayed throughout the house help with eggs in the air? For someone who is VERY hygenic, how common is it for the eggs to actually be in the air? I have been around a friends home for 6 months and they have not caught this awful thing. Thankfully. I apologize in advance as I am really trying to grasp my mind on the best possible way to be treated. Thank you so much for your time and ultimately your help. Best, Chelsea

      Reply

        Generic placeholder image
        Chelsea

        Also, if the female is unable to lay her eggs out at night does she then go inside to lay them and do they hatch? Why hasnt anyone recommended wearing double sided scotch tape at night over the areas to prevent them from coming out? Wouldn't that work? I look forward to your response! Thank you!!!!

        Reply

          Generic placeholder image
          Valeria

          I am curious about this question too. If I'm not having symptoms, can I believe that they aren't laying eggs? Can they lay their eggs inside?


        Generic placeholder image
        Shani

        Do you really think you have them in your ear?! Is that possible?

        Reply

Generic placeholder image
Esther

We have taken the second dose of medicine and I have washed everything towels sheets clothes everyday for 2 weeks. I am seriously psychotic I am crying all the time. My son is the only one I found one worm in but I am so freaked out and I'm about to drive my husband insane. When will I know it's over?

Reply

    Generic placeholder image
    Maria K.

    Hi Esther, how is it now so far? After 4 month's time?

    Reply

Generic placeholder image
Brijit

My one and half year old has pinworm infection.I saw one crawling out at night.Though I as watching out for one,(As she started scratching her anus area tonight,I wanted to make aure)I was scared to see one! Can she take meds?I read somewhere that kids below two should not be given meds for pinworms.please clarify.And I saw a comment about the diaper rash cream working.What is your opinion about it?Thanks in advance:) Brijit

Reply

    Generic placeholder image
    Megan Liebmann

    HI Brijit, This is Megan from Dr. Aviva's team. So sorry to hear about this! If you scroll through the comments, Aviva speaks to working with meds to treat pinworms. It's best to work with your pediatrician to ensure that the pinworms are fully taken care of! Warm wishes, Megan - Aviva Romm’s Executive Assistant and Online Nutrition Expert

    Reply

Generic placeholder image
Amy

What are some precautions that we could take when away from home? As in, my 4yo has them, but it's the holiday season so we will be visiting family and still going to school. Do I tell the school? What is the protocol here?

Reply

Generic placeholder image
Kate

Hi, I am struggling with the amount of cleaning we are supposed to do - we all just took Reese's, I cleaned most surfaces of the house with hot water and bleach (before reading that I could have just used soap), vacuumed everywhere, and am in the process of washing ALL linens/cushions/couch covers/etc. Do I need to re-wash everyone's clean clothes? We'll wash pajamas and bed linens each day - but for 3 days? 5? all month? Also, do I need to wash the quilts, or is just sheets and pillow cases ok? Should I vacuum the whole house daily? Just the bedrooms? For how long? Lastly, do I have to clean all toys and stuffed animals? Just the ones that have been in bed? If I do, can I rinse everything with hot water? Am I missing anything else? Thanks so much!

Reply

Generic placeholder image
Maya

Just found some in my 2 year old's..... I'm pregnant and want to take Garlic Caps! what would be the equivalent of 2-3 cloves a day in mg?

Reply

    Generic placeholder image
    Aviva

    There's no way to really quantify that as every garlic clove is a different size and strength. For pinworms raw garlic is best.

    Reply

Generic placeholder image
Tiffany

Hello, im a 27 year old that has pinworms i just took a prescribed dose of Albenza and hoping this works. I have 4 kids whom have no symptoms but ive given them Reeses for pinworms just incase im worried that my 3month old may get them and not have any meds he can take. Ive been cleaning like a mad woman every day hoping this will be enough!! These are cureable right?!? Ive washed my hands so many times they have dried out and become irritated and red!! When washing i use the hottest cycle my washer has and double dry them i also spray them with bleach water and 91 proof alcohol during the day after washing is this okay? Do i wash everyday even if i wear long pants to bed? Please i just need some positive things here !?! Thank you for your time

Reply

Generic placeholder image
Loz

Hi, is it safe to give a 2 1/2 year old one eighth of a teaspoon of ground clove twice daily? I read cloves kill the eggs & someone had success doing this with their 3 year old. For adults they used 1/4 teaspoon 3 times a day so am considering this for myself (my daughter & I both have pinworms). I also breastfeed so I guess she'd receive extra through my milk. With the meds is it okay for me to take them given my daughter will have her own dose then receive some from me through my breastmilk? Thanks so much if you can answer any of my questions.

Reply

    Generic placeholder image
    Aviva Romm

    I don't recommend it.

    Reply

Generic placeholder image
Missy

Hi! I have a 4 and 2 year old that have just gotten pinworm for their second time in 2 months. I did not take the medicine the first time around because I am breastfeeding. Now, you guessed it, 2 months later I have it and I'm guessing my 5 month old has it because she's crying way more than normal. What do I do? Am I not able to take the medicine bc I'm breastfeeding? What about if I find a worm on my 5 month old? How do I treat a baby that young? Thank you!!!

Reply

    Generic placeholder image
    Aviva Romm

    Time for a visit to your local pediatrician for baby dosing of pinworm meds. Argh - I know pinworms are sooooooo annyoying and uncomfortable and icky....

    Reply

Generic placeholder image
P

Hi there Aviva. I'm a student of both yours and David Winston's Center. I work mostly with children, including my own three. I appreciate the accuracy in your article here but wanted to make a few comments. First, pinworms are not dangerous per se. Therefore, to decide that pharmaceuticals is the ONLY approach is pretty heroic in my opinion. If it was a dangerous thing then yes, that's what we do, no argument. But it's not. What did they do about pinworms before PinX, Vermox, and Reese's? I mean way before all pharmaceuticals even? I don't know but I assume they used herbs. As they did for everything else...and somehow they were successful (or not, but again-this is not a dangerous thing). Second, I have (thank G-d) successfully treated my 4 year old from a pretty bad infestation. It took two full months. I did use the nasty herbs, but they were diluted with carminatives and honey; he took them. I think it's important to always mention which herbs are effective in treatment without automatically assuming a parent can't prepare them for her child. My kids are amazing at taking nasty stuff-we are very funny about it and it's all about presentation and enough honey. But what herbs are you even referring to? Dose? Please share. Third, I am a firm believer that terrain(for the most part) is the more significant factor than the pathogen itself. I have three boys and a husband-and only myself and one son have/had pinworms. There is definitely something to be said about susceptibility. I'm sure you're familiar with TCM patterns of dampness and their significance in parasitic situations. You need to fix the terrain. Acupuncture can help as can other forms of body work. And diet is huge and relevant as well. Lastly, for those of us who are freaking out of our box, let's put it this way: Pinworm eggs are everywhere. They float in the air. Not all air, but very possibly in the air in your home, almost definitely in the air in kindergarten classrooms, hospitals, indoor play areas, malls, etc. This is no phenomenon. Viruses, fungi, bacteria, and a whole slew of not cool stuff are EVERYWHERE. But we aren't dying from all of these pathogens-rather our bodies are fighting. So to claim that one has to have "hysterical" hygiene is quiet the squasher. No, I did not have hysterical hygiene at all when treating my son and I. Yes I washed his linen every week and practiced thorough hand washing with him. But it only takes a few worm eggs to mess the whole thing up again-and as I said they are EVERYWHERE. So you do indeed need to work out the infestation-but not to forget the focus on the body's overall strength. Thank you very much. Would love a response.

Reply
168 Shares
Pin
Share
Tweet
Share
Email