Worm infection can be referred to as a condition of presence of worms in the intestine of your baby. Walking on barefoot on soil which is infected, playing with contaminated water and eating uncooked and unhygienic food leads to this problem. As the eggs enter into the body of your baby, they start to get multiplied in the body. As a result, your baby suffers from various health problems. Baby affected by worm infection suffers from malnutrition. Timely care has to be taken to handle this problem as worms might interrupt with the growth of your baby. These kinds of infections are very common and fortunately can be eliminated very easily.
Here Are The Few Common Symptoms Of Worm Infections In Babies
1. Poor Appetite
If your baby is infected by the worms, he or she shows less interest in consuming food and milk due to uneasiness in tummy. Discomfort of tummy is the main reason for decreased appetite in babies. Hence, this is one of the most important symptoms that must be kept in view while monitoring baby’s health.
Anemia is a condition of loss of blood. This condition is especially seen in children with hookworms. Hence, immediate care has to be taken to lessen the problem so that the child may not suffer from the further complications that may rise from blood loss.
3. Anal Itching
This is the main symptom of worm infection. Worms are active during night times and at this time anal itching is at peak level. Baby cries from uneasiness caused due to itching in anal region. You can see the worms at anal region of your baby with the help of flash nights at night times. Alternatively, you can stick a tape at the anal region of your baby and use this tape as a sample by submitting it to the pediatrician for diagnosing the problem. This is called as ‘Scotch Tape Test’.
4. Bloody Stools
When your baby is affected by worm infection, you can notice blood in the stool of your baby. If you find blood in your baby’s stool, you must contact pediatrician immediately because something is wrong with intestine of your baby. Mostly this happens due to worm infestations in the intestine of your baby.
5. Persistent Cough
Persistent coughing is not only associated with asthma, bronchitis and common cold and cough, this is also the symptom of worm infections. Lung fluke, Hook worm and round worm are entered into the body from the mouth due to lack of hygiene. They travel all the way through blood stream towards lungs. Presence of worms in lungs causes persistent coughing.
In addition to these symptoms, vomiting, diarrhea and nausea can also be seen in few babies. Maintaining hygiene is one of the possible ways of eradicating these problems. As soon as you notice these symptoms, take your baby to the pediatrician to reduce the complications of worm infections.