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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: mk | 2004/10/11

Q.

threadworm

my six year old daughter keeps gettong thread worm and i cannot understand why.... she is only one of my kiddies to get it and her dad and i have never had it . i always treat her and whole family with tablets but she gets it again couple weeks later.. it causes her great discomfort and she usually ends up with urine infection as well . i keep her nails short am scrupulous about hygiene when using toilet as all children are i have to be over anxious about this because of eldests problem.do you think the tablets are working? is there any thing else i should be doing? any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Threadworm can be difficult to eradicate. The advice given is usually to treat the whole family (and even close friends who may have a similar problem) all at the same time. Retreatment is advised 3 weeks later. Most of the time the infection is difficult to eradicate, because children are constantly re-infected via family or friends after the infection has been eradicated. Therefor, the best answer is to try and treat everybody at the same time.

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