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#1 Guest_dixiebelle_*

Posted 19 August 2007 - 05:24 PM

I think my DD possibly has a case of worms.  sad.gif  So DD and DH are taking some Combantrin, to be covered. However, I was told it was NOT suitable for use during pregnancy. I will do some research and ask my GP, but has anyone come across a natural remedy that PG can use???


Will BBL, perhaps with some info. I find...

Edit: ah, just noticed I missed a word!

Edited by dixiebelle, 19 August 2007 - 09:30 PM.

#2 Guest_dixiebelle_*

Posted 19 August 2007 - 05:57 PM

Here is some stuff I have found so far... not really liking this 'natural' option that much! Will keep looking, or book in to see GP tomorrow!!!

Intestinal worms

Intestinal worms are not as common in industrialised countries as they are in developing countries, but they can be experienced by pregnant women, particularly if they have other children in childcare or at school. In developing countries, the concerns for pregnant women who have intestinal worms for several months during pregnancy is that they can contribute to the woman experiencing malnutrition, anaemia, and a lowered immune system. In industrialised countries the concerns tend to be more to do with them being annoying to have and easily passed on to others.

There are three main types of medications used to treat intestinal worms. Their medical names are:

Pyrantel embonate (or Combantrin, Early bird). This medication has been researched in animals, but not in humans. It is not really known whether it is capable of causing birth defects if used during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Mebendazole (Vermox). This medication has been recently used in a study of 5,000 pregnant women in Sri Lanka. Use of the treatment showed a very slight increase in birth defects when used during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, but it helped achieve healthier pregnancies for women who took it after 12 weeks of pregnancy (in regards to nutrition and babies born with higher birth weights).

There is another medication called albendazole (Zental, Albenza or Eskazole). This is NOT to be taken when trying to conceive or during pregnancy.

If you discover you have intestinal worms when you are trying to conceive, perhaps treat them and wait a month before resuming your attempts to become pregnant. If you are less than 12 weeks pregnant, you may want to consider waiting a few weeks before treating them. In the meantime, eat plenty of nutritious foods and wash your hands thoroughly after going to the toilet and before handling foods, to decrease the chances of passing them on to others.

A natural approach to treating them is:

Chewing a handful of raw rice for breakfast (eating nothing else). Eat other meals during the day as normal.
Between meals, eat one clove garlic and one small handful of pumpkin seeds (crush garlic or mix it with other food or miso to help you swallow).
About 2 hours or more after the last meal of the day, drink 1 cup of nettle tea.

Continue this for 10 days, stopping for 7 days, then resuming for a final 10 days to remove parasites that have hatched from eggs after the initial treatment regime.


#3 4forme

Posted 19 August 2007 - 06:01 PM

Not sure, but I discovered my 7yo dd had them last week for the first time. I rang my doctor but she was on a day off, but her husband (preg doctor at the same clinic) said for me to not take anything until I see his wife next week. I'm not sure if it has anything to do with being so close to delivery- I will have to wait and see- it may just be a case of not needed if you don't have the problem yourself when pregnant. if you don't have a solution before wednesday i'll update with what my doctor says.

I will admit I picked them up when dd was a relatively young baby- no one else in the family got them so i didnt bother to treat, as I was scared I would have to give up breastfeeding so never told anyone and was just more particular with my hygiene and they went away by themselves after a couple of days, so I guess that can be another reason to not perhaps treat yourself.

#4 katrina24

Posted 19 August 2007 - 07:18 PM

For some reason  I've been paranoid about this as my DD is in daycare a few days a week.  She's never had them but it's been in the back of my mind.  I read that some over the counter treatments are safe after the first trimester but that you have to check with your caregiver.  The only natural remedies I've found have been similar to yours (ie. eating a LOT of garlic and chewing raw rice).  I hope you don't get them too.

#5 Guest_dixiebelle_*

Posted 19 August 2007 - 07:30 PM

Thanks guys. I will be 14 weeks this week, so maybe I can talk to my GP or the pharmacist again!

#6 tinyweehen

Posted 19 August 2007 - 09:20 PM

Hi there Dixiebelle,

I can relate to this.

DD had a threadworm on her when I did a nappy change - she and DH had Combantrim, but it's definitely a no-no while pregnant.

If it is threadworm....The best way to ensure you are clear is to be scrupulous with the hygiene and cleaning - no sharing food/drink, washing hands constantly, wash all towels, sheets, underwear in hot water if possible, don't share towels....basically be as fastidious as you can and you should be okay.  They only have a life cycle of a few weeks, so if you don't ingest more eggs and have been contaminated, they will die out after about 6 weeks total, I think.

One natural cure is to eat fresh grated carrot for breakfast (but carrot is quite high in vitamin A, so don't go too nuts), and I've also heard garlic is good.

I basically just followed the hygiene tips and as I showed no symptoms assumed I was all clear.

Good luck.

#7 Guest_dixiebelle_*

Posted 19 August 2007 - 09:32 PM

Thanks all.

I eat a reasonable amount of raw garlic already (love it!) so perhaps I have managed to kill off anything so far anyway!

#8 Trevie

Posted 19 August 2007 - 10:09 PM

LOL DB, do you like to eat a huge amount of mints also?  grin.gif

#9 Guest_dixiebelle_*

Posted 20 August 2007 - 07:07 AM

laugh.gif No, my poor DH can't smell very well anyway! I don't eat it if I have to go to work or out in public afterwards!

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