Worm infestation is a very common health issue in developing countries. It can impair the nutritional status of children in multiple ways, including:
- Worms feed on host tissues, including blood, which results in the loss of iron and protein
- Absorption of nutrients is affected
- Worm infestation causes loss of appetite which results in the reduction of food intake by the child and compromises the child’s growth and development
WHO recommends periodic drug treatment (deworming) of all children living in endemic areas.
Some precautions you can take to avoid worm infestation :
- Maintain proper hygienic conditions in the house.
- Keep an eye on what the child is touching or putting in his/her mouth.
- Make sure that your child washes his/her hands with soap and water as often as possible (at least ten times) in a day.
- Ensure that the child always wears shoes when he/she is outside the house, especially in muddy areas.
- And most importantly it should be ensured that if there is house help who handles the child, he/she should maintain hygienic living standards to avoid passing on the infection to the child.