My child is itching but there is no visible sign of worms, is it possible for them to be infected?
It is still possible that your child is infected with threadworms. They are not always visible, but itching around the bottom is definitely a top sign of infection. Itching is caused by mucus that is produced by the worms, so they, and the rest of the family will still need to be treated. If you're unsure, speak with your pharmacist or GP.
How long after taking Ovex should threadworms disappear?
The main ingredient in threadworm medication including Ovex is Mebendazole, which works by preventing the worms from being able to absorb the sugars (glucose) that keep them alive. With their energy stores cut off, it could take them a few days to die. This is why immediate elimination of worms is impossible and you may still notice the worms and itching after taking the treatment.
My child is really itchy in their sleep, what can I do to prevent this?
The only thing you can do to prevent the eggs from transferring to their fingernails during the night is getting the child to wear cotton gloves while sleeping. These gloves should then be washed daily to prevent the eggs from spreading.
At what age can a child take Ovex?
Ovex is suitable for all children over the age of 2.
My child has threadworms and my other child is only 1, how can they be treated?
Because the entire household will need to be treated you will need to visit your GP to ensure your younger child is treated. Children under 2 will require a different treatment and medications like Ovex are unsuitable for them.
How has my child caught threadworms?
Younger children often aren't aware of the importance of good hygiene and can sometimes forget to wash their hands. Poor hygiene is a top cause of the spread of threadworms and they could catch eggs from contaminated surfaces that have been touched by an infected child. This could include school tables, toys and through holding hands while playing.
Can my child still go to school if they're infected?
The Health Protection Agency suggests that children should still go to school if they are infected with threadworms. Nurseries and schools will have advice to follow regarding good hygiene, so let them know to ensure these measures are more vigilant. They will then be able to ensure all children wash their hands and they can clean toys and equipment.