PINWORMS

Pinworms are very common in children and usually cause no symptoms, some children do have symptoms which are described below. If your child develops these symptoms, please consult your child’s healthcare provider and notify the school office at dmsoffice@desertmarigold.org.

This infection is caused by a small, white intestinal worm called Enterobius vermicularis. Pinworms are about the length of a staple and live in the rectum of human. While an infected person sleeps, worms leave the intestines through the anus and deposit eggs on the surrounding skin. This usually occurs during sleep and may cause discomfort such as itching and pain. Many cases of pinworms are “silent” (no symptoms).

School Policy allows a child with pinworms to attend school but she/he should receive medical attention if symptoms are present.

Pinworms are easily treated with either prescription or over the counter drugs. Treatment involves a two dose course. The second dose should be given 2 weeks after the first. You should consult your healthcare provider before treating a suspected case of pinworms.

In addition bedclothes and toys of children who are found to have pinworms should be washed because the eggs can remain alive for 2 to 3 weeks outside of the body. Careful hand washing after bowel movements and changing diapers and before handling food is very important. 

Hand hygiene is the most effective method of prevention. Trimming and scrubbing the fingernails and bathing after treatment is important to help prevent reinfection and spread of pinworms.

For more information contact your health care provider or go to: https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/pinworm/index.html