Stomach worms: Home remedies for stomach worms in babies

 Stomach worms are parasites that grow inside your body. When your baby gets affected with these worms, it leads to a lack of nutrition. This is because the worms live on the food taken by the baby. These infections are also known as helminth infection and are a major cause of stomach ache and white spots on the face in the children.

Let's look at some types of worm infections that can occur in babies.

Types of worm infections in kids:

There are a number of different worms that can be present in the intestine and stomach of the kids. Here are some types of worm parasites that affect the kids.

Tapeworms:

These type of worms are flat and have hooks and suckers. These hooks and suckers attach to the lining of the stomach and eat the partially digested food. These type of worms are inches long and sometimes they can be as long as 40 feet.

These get inside the stomach if the child has infected food.

Roundworms:

These worms are called as Ascaris and they are round cylindrical in shape. These worms are hollow and can be upto 35 cm in length. They are present in saltwater, fresh water and soil. Humans get this infection through pets.

Pinworms or thunderworms:

These worms are small, thin and white worms that are found in the rectum. When the baby or kid is sleeping, the pinworm lays eggs in the anal area. As a result, there is itching, because of which the infection goes to the fingers. When the toddler puts fingers in the mouth, the infection gets inside.

These eggs can survive on the clothes, bed and linen. Hence it is a very common worm infection in babies and leads to white spots on face.

Hookworms:

Your child can get hookworm infection if proper sanitation is not there. Moreover, the child can also get hookworm infection if he/she plays in the soil.

Signs of stomach worms:

The infection might not always be noticeable. This is because, there could be very minimal symptoms of having stomach  worms.

However,  if you notice these signs and symptoms in the child then you should consult the doctor for worms.

  • Foul smell of stools
  • Diarrhea or stomach upset
  • Loss of weight
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • White spots on the face
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach ache
  • loss of appetite
  • irritation
  • constipation
  • Gases
  • Itching in the anal area

If you ignore these infections then it can lead to serious complications such as obstruction in small intestine, bile duct and pancreatic duct.

Causes of stomach worms:

The worms are usually present in the soil, salty water or contaminated food or water. Your baby can get this infection while playing in the soil or outdoor. Children tend to crawl and get dirty hands in the mouth.

Here are some causes of stomach worms:

  • Contact with infected surface
  • Consumption of contaminated water
  • Poor hygiene and poor sanitation
  • Not washing hands thoroughly
  • Infected person.

How to prevent these stomach worm infections?

You can prevent these infections if you wash your child's hands daily especially after playing outside. The stomach worm infections can also be avoided if you maintain proper sanitary practices and follow good eating and toilet habits.

You can prevent stomach worms in the following ways:

  1. Do not feed raw meat to your child
  2. Cook meat thoroughly and don't let it be raw
  3. Freeze fish or meat at -4 degrees Fahrenheit
  4. Wash and peel raw veggies thoroughly, especially vegetables like potatoes and carrots.
  5. Do not let your child eat off the floor.

Home remedies to get rid of stomach worm infections in kids:

Turmeric for stomach worms:

Turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory agent and antimicrobial. It has been used since ages in India to cure different ailments and as wound dressings etc.  You can use turmeric for stomach worms and it helps in killing the worms inside the body naturally.

Here is method to use turmeric for stomach worms:

Just take 1-2 tsp. of turmeric powder or an inch or crushed raw turmeric. Add this to one cup of boiling hot milk. You can add some sugar or honey for sweetness and good taste. Have this turmeric milk everyday in the morning and at night.

Tulsi or holy basil for stomach worms:

Holy basil is one of the main constituents in concoctions given to treat worms and many other ailments. It is a healing herb and has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activities.

Hence if you have three basil leaves everyday along with honey, you will notice that the condition improves.

Steps to make Tulsi concoction:

Take 3-4 Tulsi leaves and crush them. Then add them to one cup water and boil for some time. add some black pepper powder and honey to the mixture. Have this concoction at least twice and you should drink it hot.

Neem leaves stomach worms:

Neem leaves are great in antimicrobial action. They help to kill the intestinal worms naturally. You can use neem leaves in the following way:

Take 5 neem leaves and boil them in water. Drink this water everyday to kill worms and improve health in children.

Ginger for stomach worms:

Ginger acts as anti- inflammatory agent. The ginger is great for purifying blood as it helps in improving health of the kidneys and liver. Hence, they help in killing stomach worms naturally.

You  can have ginger in the following way:

Take 1 inch of ginger and grate it to one cup of water. Boil this mixture and have this tea at least twice a day

Garlic:

Garlic has great anti-inflammatory properties and flavor. Additionally, it helps to fight away the stomach worms in children.

Take 1-2 cloves of raw garlic and add it as a seasoning for salads. For its fat cutting properties, you should have at least 2-3 cloves of garlic daily.

Coconut:

Coconut is great for stomach worms especially in children. You can have coconut in the following way to get rid of stomach worms:

Take one to two pieces of  coconut and crush them. Have these everyday in the morning after that drink lukewarm milk on top of it. Mix castor oil in milk and have it about 3 hours after eating coconut.

Repeat this everyday for stomach worms.

Cloves:

Cloves are effective for stomach worms as they are antiseptic and anti-parasitic in action. Take 2-3 cloves and add it to one cup of water. Place this mixture in the saucepan and let it simmer for at least 5 minutes.

You should have these cloves water at least 3-4 times per day.

Carrots:

Carrots contain a lot of antioxidants. They are also rich in fiber. Due to its beta carotene content, you should have carrots when you have stomach worms.

If you give children carrots for a week on empty stomach it will help to get rid of intestinal and stomach worms in children.

Carrom seeds:

Carrom seeds contain volatile oils that are great for treating the intestinal parasites.

You can give your child carom seed in the following way:

Take 1-2 tsp. of carrom seeds and add it to one cup of water. Boil it until it becomes yellowish in color. Cool down the concoction and feed it to your kids.

Have this daily on empty stomach for at least two weeks.

Apple cider vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar is a very effective remedy in parasitic infections. Give dilute apple cider vinegar to your kids. However, consult the doctor before trying this remedy.

Pumpkin seeds:

Pumpkin seeds are a great source of calcium. Moreover, they contain cucurbitacin , this compound paralyzes the worms and helps flushing them out from the body. You can have pumpkin seeds in the following way:

Take one tbsp. of pumpkin seeds and mix it with half cup water and coconut milk. Have this mixture every morning to get rid of stomach worms.

Drink this mixture of pumpkin seeds on empty stomach.

Raw papaya:

It is great for getting rid of stomach worms, you can use it in the following way:

Take one glass of warm milk and add one tbsp. of raw papaya grated. Add honey to this papaya mixture for taste. Have this mixture daily in the morning on  empty stomach and you will notice the difference in the condition.

Conclusion:

If you try these remedies you can get rid of stomach worms. However, before actually trying these on your kids just make sure that these are safe for your kids.

 

 

 

 

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