Rosary Catholic Primary School

Rosary Catholic Primary School
Rosary Catholic Primary School

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- Hannah

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- Grace

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Case of Threadworms

Some children at school have had to be treated for threadworms, (Enterobius vermicularis), which are small worm parasites that infect the intestines of humans.

Threadworms, sometimes known as pinworms, are white and look like a small piece of thread. The adult female worm can be 8-13mm long, and the male worm 2-5mm long. Adult worms live for up to six weeks. Threadworms do not always cause symptoms, although some people will experience itchiness around their anus and vagina (in females). The itchiness is particularly noticeable at night and can disturb sleep.

Treatment: to successfully treat threadworms, the entire household must be treated, even if not everyone has symptoms. The aim of treatment is to get rid of the threadworms and prevent re-infection. You can either follow a strict hygiene method (see below) for six weeks or take medication and follow a strict hygiene method for two weeks.

Some medications may be available from your pharmacy without prescription. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions because these types of medications may not be suitable for everyone. See your GP if you have threadworms and you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have a baby under 3 months old.

Hygiene method: strict hygiene measures can be used to clear up a threadworm infection and reduce the likelihood of re-infection. As the life span of the threadworms is approximately six weeks, it is important that these hygiene methods are followed for six weeks.

Everyone in the household must follow this advice.

Wash all sleepwear, bed linen, towels and cuddly toys when you are first diagnosed (this can be done at normal temperatures but make sure that the washing is well rinsed).

Thoroughly vacuum and dust the whole house, paying particular attention to the bedrooms. Continue to vacuum regularly and thoroughly. 

Carefully clean the bathroom and kitchen by damp-dusting surfaces and washing the cloth frequently in hot water. Continue to clean bathroom and kitchen surfaces regularly and thoroughly. 

Avoid shaking any material that may have eggs on it, such as clothing or bed sheets, as this may transfer the eggs to other surfaces.

Do not eat food in the bedroom, because you may end up swallowing eggs that have been shaken off the bedclothes.

Keep your fingernails short. Discourage nail biting and finger sucking. In particular, make sure that children do not suck their thumb.

Wash your hands frequently and scrub under your fingernails, particularly before eating, after going to the toilet and before and after changing a nappy.

Wear close-fitting underwear at night and change your underwear every morning.

Wearing cotton gloves at night may help prevent scratching while you are asleep.

Bath or shower regularly, particularly first thing in the morning, and make sure you clean around your anus and vagina to remove any eggs. 

Ensure that everyone in your household has their own face flannel and towel. Avoid sharing towels. Keep toothbrushes in a closed cupboard and rinse them thoroughly before use.

Even after the infestation has cleared up, continue with good general hygiene measures, such as washing your hands after going to the toilet. Children can easily pick up another threadworm infection from friends or at school, and good hygiene may help prevent another outbreak.

Medication: Mebendazole or Piperazine medication can be used to treat threadworms. It should be taken by everyone in the household. The high risk of transmission (around 75% between family members) means that everyone is likely to be infected, even if they do not have any symptoms. As threadworms do not always cause symptoms, all members of your household should be treated, even if only one person notices symptoms.

Please read this information sheet for further guidance Treating Threadworms