Introduction by SafBaby Founders Sandra Blum and Samantha Fox Olson
Yep, what a topic, pinworms! This one hits close to home because my precious little kindergartener recently just detoxed from pinworms.
You can imagine my internal horror when I saw a small little worm in her poop. How did I see it you probably ask? Well, we were out in nature and with no rest rooms around for miles and miles my daughter had to do her business in a hole I dug for her. Thank goodness because I am not certain that we would have ever caught this if she didn’t have to go at that time under those circumstances.
So anyway, we saw a very small worm and of course I had questions I needed answered. So, I inquired with SafBaby Health Advisor Dr. Clarke, and put my child on an herbal tincture parasite detox for 22 days. We got her stool tested after her cleanse and she tested negative for all parasites! My husband and I are doing parasite cleanses too. Pinworms are pretty common, which baffled me, and when a child gets pinworm the entire family should get treated because it is so contagious. The following includes great info on pinworms and treatments.
Treating Pinworms, by SafBaby Health Expert Dr. Clarke
Pinworms are spread through human-to-human transmission by ingesting infectious pinworm eggs. The eggs are typically transmitted from their initial deposit near the anus to fingernails, hands, night-clothing and bed linen. From here, eggs are further transmitted to food, water, furniture, toys, bathroom fixtures and other objects. Household pets may carry the eggs in their fur, while not actually being actively infected. The eggs can remain infectious in a moist environment for up to three weeks.
Once the life cycle begins with the eggs being ingested, the females survive for 5 to 13 weeks, and males about 7 weeks. The male and female pinworms mate in the small intestine, then the male pinworms usually die and are passed out with stool. The egg-laying process begins approximately five weeks after initial exposure or ingestion of pinworm eggs.
Any one of the following may indicate that pinworms are present:
- the pinworms may be visually seen in the stool or around the rectal area
- red and tender skin around the anus
- anal itching which continues to persist for over 1 week
Are Pinworms Dangerous?
Pinworms are generally considered to be more of a nuisance than a medical problem or health risk. Although this is mostly true it is never a good idea to let anything upset the ecology within the small and large intestines. So much of child’s immune system is connected to the health and integrity of their digestive system, so we should always keep it as clean as possible and free of any uninvited and unnecessary visitors.
A Conventional and Over-the-Counter Treatment for Pinworm
The standard medical treatment prescribed by pediatricians is either:
- Albendazole (Albenza): Treatment is a single tablet, often followed by a repeated dose 2 weeks later.
- Mebendazole (Vermox): It is also taken in a single dose and repeated two weeks later.
- Pyrantel (Pin-X, and others): This is available over the counter without a prescription.
Because eggs can survive for a 2-3 weeks, a second dose is often given two weeks later to lessen the chance of reinfection.
Natural Treatment for Pinworm
Treating pinworms with herbal formulas and homeopathic remedies is not as well tested as the above prescriptive medication and will take more time and effort. However, the herbal formulas will generally be less toxic than the prescriptive medicines and therefore may be easier on your child’s body.
Do all 3 of these steps together:
The herbal formula to consider is: BioRay Artemisia & Clove Formula
Start at the lowest suggested dose below, gradually increasing to higher intake over the course of the first 10 days.
1-40 lbs: 3 drops, up to 1 dropper (26 drops) given as 13 drops 2x daily.
40-75 lbs: 6 drops, up to 2 droppers (52 drops) given as 26 drops 2x daily.
Typically, the formula should be given for 2-3 weeks.
The homeopathic remedy to give is: Cina 30c, one pellet 2x daily for 10 days.
The supplements to consider are: Probiotics and colostrum should be given twice daily along with the herbal and homeopathic remedy. Continue with these supplements for at least one month.
Giving the herbal formula along with the supplements and homeopathic remedy as suggested above will provide the best results.
Treatment for Reducing Reinfection or Spreading Pinworms to Others
Preventing Infection: Infection is caused by swallowing pinworm eggs. A child can get pinworms no matter how carefully you keep the kids and the house clean. The following hygiene measures, however, can help to reduce the chances of reinfection of your child and new infections in other people.
- Hand-washing: Have your child scrub their hands and fingernails thoroughly before each meal and after each use of the toilet. Keep the fingernails cut short, because eggs can collect here. Thumb-sucking and nail-biting should be discouraged.
- Shower: Each morning give your child a shower. Always rinse the anal area. Continue to do this while taking the pinworm medicine.
- Vacuum: Vacuum or wet-mop your child’s bedroom once a week because any eggs scattered on the floor are infectious for 1 or 2 weeks.
- Wash Clothes: Machine-washing at hot temperature will kill any eggs present in clothing or bedding.
Supplements for Maintenance and Prevention
Probiotics: Keeping the ecology of the digestive and intestinal system well balanced with the right amount of good bacteria will always help to reduce the risk of any other type of infestation from bad bacteria, yeast, candida or parasites.
Colostrum: Colostrum contains more immune factors than any other food or supplement and can be actively utilized to maintain and keep the ecology of the digestive system in a healthy state.
About SafBaby’s Health Expert: Dr. Murray Clarke, ND., D.Hom., L.Ac.
Dr. Murray Clarke is a doctor of naturopathic medicine with licenses and doctorates in homeopathic medicine and Chinese medicine (including acupuncture and herbology) and is a leading homeopathic physician for children in the Los Angeles area. He is also the founder of ChildLife® Essentials and author of Natural Baby-Healthy Child: Alternative Health Care Solutions from Pre-conception Through Childhood.
Natural Baby-Healthy Child utilizes diet, environmental detoxification, nutritional supplementation and holistic modalities including homeopathy, naturopathy, osteopathy, chiropractic and acupuncture to help parents–from pre-conception to pregnancy, to the baby’s first year through childhood–make the right health decisions for themselves and their child, naturally. Natural Baby–Healthy Child is an essential medical road map that will help keep children firmly on the path to robust, long-term good health and the realization of the full potential of body, mind and soul. For more information, please visit NaturalBabyHealthyChild.com.