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Parasites are something that all of us can be affected by, these tiny creatures love nothing more than to suck our blood or live off our bodies. A lot of the time they don’t cause too much issue for adults, this is because we maintain personal space when it comes to contact and practice good hygiene. However, it can be more problematic in children, who are not only more likely to get certain parasites but also be more affected by them too. Here are a few to watch out for when you have kids.
Head lice are one of those irritating things we all have to deal with as parents. One kid in the class gets them, and it’s not long until everyone else does as well. While lice aren’t dangerous since they don’t spread disease, they’re incredibly annoying and can get out of control quite quickly. You can learn more about these pesky critters as well as book in for treatment at a site like LCA Lice Clinic. This saves you the hassle of messing around with over the counter treatments that don’t always work. Unless both the lice and the eggs are treated, they will continue to come back which is obviously very frustrating. Kids are most at risk of catching head lice because their play means head to head contact happens often which is the most common way for them to spread.
Intestinal worms are something that can affect anyone, but they’re more common in children due to their hygiene. Kids get their hands dirty being outdoors, playing in mud and touching surfaces. As their levels of disgust haven’t developed like adults, they then think nothing of putting their hands in their mouth. As a parent, you will no doubt be getting your child to wash their hands before eating, but there’s not much else you can do. This is why most children have had intestinal worms at some point in their lives. They spread very easily, the eggs can be picked up from touching others hands or on surfaces- if they put them in their mouth before washing they enter the digestive system and the life cycle begins. Discourage thumb sucking, encourage good hygiene and carry disinfectant wipes with you to clean mucky hands with where possible. There are treatments you can get from your GP to help with symptoms.
Cryptosporidium also known as crypto is a microscopic parasite that causes diarrhoea. It’s the leading cause of waterborne disease in humans in the US, and can be spread in both drinking water and recreational water such as swimming pools. It’s common in children who are more likely to swallow pool water and can also cause more issues than in adults since they’re more easily dehydrated. Most people won’t have any symptoms and will recover within thirty days, but if your child experiences diarrhoea after spending time at the pool then suspect this to be a cause. Give them plenty of fluids to rehydrate them, and speak to a GP if you’re worried. Thankfully there are more products similar to Trichloroisocyanuric acid that are helping to clean water better than previously, but it still occurs.