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Intestinal Parasites and Pinworms in Children

By: Caroline Sutherland

Do you have a child that can’t seem to sit still? Is your child scratching himself all the time, yet he or she has no rash? Is he whiny and irritable and no amount of talking seems to help? Maybe he’s like a flea on a hot brick – constantly in a state of motion and agitation? This could be a parasite problem.

Children often pick up these pesky critters from the family pet or from coming in contact with another child who carries them. Pinworms are the most common.

Check your child’s stool for little white specks – that move. Then ask for an over the counter preparation for pinworms or ask at the health food store for an herb that eradicates parasites and pinworms. Be sure to use a dose suitable for a young child. You may need to mask the taste of the herb in food. The usual life cycle of a parasite is about 8 weeks from egg to adult. Be sure and continue the treatment for the required amount of time.

Always consult with your medical doctor before embarking on any form of treatment. Intestinal parasites, if they are contracted in a foreign country could point to amoebic dysentery or a variety of nasty worms. This issue is not to be taken lightly.

Then look at your child’s diet and reduce the amount of sugar, milk products and food dyes he is consuming. Yeasts and parasites thrive on sugar. I see children calm down almost overnight when parents reduce sugary cereals and snacks. When children are sensitive to milk they can be irritable and whiny and have difficulty concentrating. Food dyes as well as other chemicals and additives can have a dramatic affect on some sensitive children.

Many children are labeled behavior problems when there are several simple strategies that can be implemented to help them. Parasites can be a piece of the puzzle.

Talking to a child, taking “time out” and other disciplinary measures are only partial solutions. I suggest you go deeper than that with a simple method I call “Sleep Talking” ® - talking to your child while he goes to sleep. This simple relaxation technique came to me many years ago while comforting my own child at bedtime. The soothing loving voice of a parent, using repetitive hypnotic phrases works on the deep subconscious. You will be surprised at the change in your child’s behavior in just a few days of “Sleep Talking” at bedtime.

Parasites have interesting connotations on an emotional and spiritual level as well. Check to see what is “preying” on you child at a deep subconscious level. Parasites feed or take from the vulnerable. Do all that you can to strengthen your child’s self esteem within your family dynamic and with his peers. Has there been a change in the family – a new baby or change in your personal relationship or career that could be contributing to his vulnerability? Look at your own behavior and evaluate where your child could be acting out your own repressed feelings.


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