Tiny, white, thread-like worms which infest the rectum, causing itching around anus and sometimes mild, colicky abdominal pain. If child scratches, then sucks fingers or touches food, he or she can be reinfected by mouth. Typical sufferers have been described as nose-picking, thumb-sucking, nail-biting, bottom-scratching children. Conventional treatment is by anti-worm drugs such as Pripsin and Vermox, but the senna and dyestuffs these contain can cause diarrhoea.
Specific remedies to be taken 3 times daily for up to 14 days; if there is no improvement, see your homeopath
- Itchy bottom, child irritable, picks nose, grinds teeth, is very hungry, dark rings under eyes Cina 6c
- Itchy bottom and itchy nose, itchiness worse in evening, child restless in sleep, complains of crawling sensation in rectum after passing stools Teucrium 6c
- Standby remedy if above remedies fail Santoninum 6c
Self-help: Insist that child brushes up his or her personal hygiene. Hands should be washed thoroughly after going to toilet, after touching pets, and always before eating. Fingernails should be cut short and scrubbed occasionally. Pyjamas should be worn in preference to night-dresses to discourage child from scratching, and changed frequently. Pets should be wormed.