Parenting Mag. has come out with what they describe as “The four grossest kid health problems”. As parents, may of us think we are experts on what is REALLY gross, as opposed to what some say may be gross. In light of that..here we go.
These are parasites that live in intestines. Thye come out in feces which makes them itchy. Pn worms are tiny white worms that infect the intestines. They’re about half an inch long and threadlike in appearance. Pinworm eggs hatch in the small intestine, and the babies move to the large intestine. The adult female worms come out at night to lay their eggs on the outside of the anus. Anything touched by anyone with pinworms can spread their eggs. You’ll know you’re kid has them because pinworms itch like crazy at night (that’s the female worms laying their eggs).
Well, you’ve probably received the notices home from school…Parasitic insects that take up residence on the scalp and hair. They attach their eggs to the base of individual hairs, and happily complete their life cycle (nit, nymph, adult) on the human head in one to three weeks. Lice are spread from head to head, hat to head, pillow to head, comb to head. You’ll know your kid has them cause you can see them.
Scabies are tiny mites that burrow into the skin and cause intense itching, which is usually worse at night. Mites tend to dig in on the hands, feet, and waist. Because you can often see the burrows (they look like little curved scratches) and sometimes even the bugs poking out (a tiny black dot), your child’s skin, not to mention yours, may actually crawl. You can catch them through contact with an infected person (hugging, holding hands), or through towels, clothes, sheets, and other personal belongings. As with pinworms, if one person has scabies, the whole family’s almost surely doomed. Symptoms include intense itching. It can be hard to figure out where your child picked up scabies because symptoms might appear weeks after exposure. Great.