De-Worming of Children in India

Children in India, aged 1 Year and Above, are often infested with intestinal worms. Worms in the intestines aggravate malnutrition and anemia in the child. This can hamper the physical and cognitive development of the child.

Treating our child for worms is important for the overall health of our child. While the govt. (or equivalent agencies) conduct de-worming drives from time to time, we recommend our parents to keep track of the same from time to time.

De-worming medicine may come in the form of Tablet or Syrup. The dosage of de-worming medicine to be given varies for different age-groups. Eg.: Children aged 12 to 23 Months will be given a smaller dose as compared to 24 to 36 Months. Similarly, for children above 3 years, a higher dose is recommended. The medicine should not be given to a child who is currently unwell / sick. The tablet is often given in a specific way to younger children who are under 4 years (by crushing it and mixing it with water).

The deworming treatment has very few side effects. There may be some mild side effects like dizziness, nausea, headache, and vomiting, likely due to worms being passed through the child’s body. These side effects disappear after some time. If symptoms are severe or do not go away within 24 hours, consult your doctor.

Certain de-worming medicines available in India are : Zentel, Albendazole, Mebendazole, Etc.

* Consult your doctor for more details about your child and the need for de-worming.

 

Prabhas Ghai

Manager

Rising Stars Junior School
Sec-10, Dwarka,
New Delhi, India

prabhas.ghai@gmail.com

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