Parasites can wreak havoc on little bodies and can cause a myriad of problems for children and families alike. Most people don’t realize that they can lead to far more than stomach problems and indigestion.
I was one of them.
A little over a year ago, my toddler would have intense meltdowns every morning and evening, and a couple of hours after going to bed. She’d wake up screaming at nights and was often inconsolable for up to 1-2 hours. The fits went on night after night and throughout the day when a trigger sent her beyond control.
Most other times, she was even-tempered and happy, so this was often confusing to us. She was the sweetest of children until right after breakfast, right after dinner, and at 11 PM at night, the worst episodes culminating around the time when the moon was at its fullest.
One day, I was surprised to find pinworms in her diaper. It was awful and gross, but it was just what I needed to research them and find out more.
What I Learned About Pinworms
I came to find that pinworms are very common in children and especially in places with warmer climates. The worms come out at night to lay their eggs in the perianal area, and this often causes itching and irritability at night.
When the child reaches to scratch, the eggs are caught underneath the nails and dispersed throughout the air, bed sheets, carpet, and any nearby surfaces. These eggs eventually are placed in the mouth and back in the gut where they are hatched and able to continue the life cycle.
The more I read, the more disheartened I became. The eggs could literally live up to 2-3 weeks, which made cleaning and sanitation efforts almost impossible. Some suggested daily morning showers, along with the daily washing and sanitizing of all bedtime clothing, bedding, towels, and bedroom surfaces. It also recommended vacuuming each day and making sure to keep hands washed, especially before eating.
The problem, however, is that the eggs can literally be airborne and can live safely . . . anywhere. I didn’t even know where to begin with my efforts.
I spoke with our doctor at the time, and he shared a couple of personal experiences with me that made me realize that this was more common than I thought. In one case, he had a child, who had a fever that could not be brought down by any means. Even after hospitalization, the experts could not find anything wrong with the child. Finally, a family member suggested pinworm infection, and the doctor gave his child Reese’s Pinworm Medication. By the end of the day, the fever had broken, and the child was feeling much better.
He also shared another story of his other child, who had a constant, dry cough. This, too, was remedied by treating for a pinworm infection. He went on to tell me that he “de-wormed” his children every 4 months or so in order to prevent re-colonization.
Treating Pinworm Infections
I administered Reese’s Pinworm Medication to my toddler and children, since it is suggested that everyone be treated if one is infected. That night, we all got a much better night’s sleep, and her symptoms continued to subside over time. Unfortunately, one of my daughters did not do as well with the medication and ended up with some stomach pains afterwards.
The medication works well for immediate treatment, but it does nothing for the eggs that can live up to 2-3 weeks as mentioned above. The doctor recommended a follow-up treatment a couple of weeks later. This was effective for us for a time, but within a couple of months, the nightly issues resumed, and we had to retreat once again.
I decided to look up homeopathy to see if there was another option available. I found the Banerji protocol for treating parasites and was relieved to find that the homeopathic medicine created such a hostile (or healthy) environment in the gut that the pinworms, along with other intestinal parasites, would expel themselves. Because it is all-natural with no side effects, I didn’t have to worry about stomach aches and continued administration.
The Banerji homeopathic protocol is as follows:
-1 dose of Homeopathic Camphora 200 on day 1 only
Follow with the following protocol for the next 3 1/2 months:
–Homeopathic Cina 6c twice a day
–Homeopathic Teucrium 200c twice a day
As with any homeopathic medicine, take apart from food and drinks for at least 10 minutes when dosing. Also, avoid peppermint, camphor, tea tree or melaleuca oil, and eucalyptus oil. All of these oils will antidote homeopathic remedies and will stop the healing action. You may need to change your toothpaste if it contains any of these oils. For more information on homeopathy, click here.
In order to help alleviate the anal itching, I mixed coconut oil with lavender essential oil and applied it to the anal area right before bedtime. This worked immediately to calm her and stop the itching.
Other specific essential oil blends can also be used to remove parasites, such as Doterra’s DigestZen or Young Living’s Digize. These, however, would have to be used exclusive of homeopathy since they would antidote the healing action of the homeopathic remedies.
Other essential oils, such as lemon, are anti-parasitic and may be taken internally in small doses in order to curb future infections. Lemon is not an antidote to homeopathy and can be taken along with it.
Other Parasite Solutions
The web is filled with a number of parasitic cleanses, herbs, and solutions. For us, we leaned toward homeopathy because of its gentleness and ease. I encourage you to research the options that are the best fit for your family.
Recovering from Pinworm Infection
The changes we saw in our daughter were remarkable. She began sleeping through the night without any problems, and her severe crying spells went away completely.
We also noticed that our son, who is vaccine-injured also made significant gains. Treating his gut for parasites helped him with overall gut healing, which in turn, led to a significant improvement in his behavior.
Symptoms of Parasitic Infections
The CDC describes pinworm infection as relatively mild with few symptoms, but other sources say otherwise. Symptoms of parasitic infection can include teeth-grinding at night, behavioral changes, constant dry cough, anal itching, nose picking, indigestion, diarrhea, allergies, spasms, fits, or convulsions, and more.
If you suspect pinworm infection, it is recommended that you confirm the diagnosis with a “tape test” prior to treating. For other parasites, stool or blood tests may prove more helpful. If the results are positive, it is often recommended that you treat the entire family for infection as well.
Keeping Your Family Parasite-Free
When treating for parasites, be sure to practice good hygiene by washing hands prior to eating, keeping hands and toys out of the mouth, and cleaning all surfaces. Daily morning showers can also help keep the eggs off of surfaces, along with washing towels and bed sheets.
Keeping the gut healthy with nourishing foods, including some that kill parasites will help ensure that re-infestation does not occur once more. Most parasites are opportunistic and cannot thrive in a healthy gut biome, but for young children, infection can sometimes be unavoidable.
Awareness can help provide the information and options needed for healing and recovery.