4 desi deworming remedies to get rid of intestinal worms in kids

Kids who spend a lot of time playing with pets or outdoors, in general, should also be dewormed regularly.

Parasites of all kinds, some of which are not even visible to the naked eye, are all around us.

Tapeworms, ringworms, pinworms—all of these can easily enter your child’s body, which is why deworming is essential for Indian kids, especially those who spend a lot of time playing in muddy playgrounds, and parks.

Stomach/Intestinal worms in kids

Kids who spend a lot of time playing with pets or outdoors in general should also be dewormed regularly. Worm eggs can even enter your child’s body when he eats fruits or other food items that are not washed properly.

Here are some ways in which intestinal worms can harm your child’ health.

  • If your child has worms in his intestines he would frequently complain of stomachache, nausea, a loss of appetite, itchy bottoms, skin rashes, and diarrhea.
  • A child with worm infestation will have a sore tummy and would generally be quite irritable which could also lead to sleeplessness and insomnia.
  • Pinworms also irritate the anus and the rectum and a child who has pinworms will be scratching his bottom many times in the night.
  • Worm infestation also lead to constant coughs in kids, especially in the night.
  • Intestinal worms also trigger a loss of appetite in kids and kids with parasitic worms loose a lot of weight and would be generally very cranky.

Home remedies to treat intestinal worms in kids

While the doctors usually recommend a three-day antibiotic course to deworm kids, the fact is there are many traditional remedies as well that can do the job better than the medicines.

Here are a few home remedies that work. However, please do consult your family doctor before using them, especially if your child is younger than two years.

1. Raw papaya

Raw papaya, especially papaya seeds, is packed with an enzyme called papain that has the potential to destroy intestinal worms.

How to use: Remove the seeds from the papaya and ground them. Mix one tablespoon of this mixture in a glass of warm milk or water and give your child first thing in the morning for 3-4 days. Or take a tablespoon of raw Papaya juice and mix it with a teaspoon of honey and give your child on an empty stomach.

2. Ajwain

Rich in thymol, ajwain or carom seeds, when eaten with gur or jaggery, can help deworm your child. Ajwain is known for its stomach-soothing and digestive properties and has been used in Ayurveda to cure a number of tummy ailments.

How to use: Take a small teaspoon of ajwain seed and mix it with a little jaggery. Ask your child to chew his mixture twice a day for a week.

Boil a liter of water and add a tablespoon of ajwain seeds to it. Strain and give it to your child throughout the day to eliminate worms. Fret not, as this water would also aid his digestion.

3. Coconut

The anti-parasitic properties of coconut make it an effective natural deworming food. 

How to use: Give a tablespoon of freshly, grated coconut to your child every day anytime during the day and continue for a week for better results.

4. Turmeric

The whole world knows the super antiseptic and healing properties of this golden spice that can be a natural medicine to eliminate all kinds of intestinal worms as well.

How to use: 

Add a teaspoon of turmeric to your child's warm milk and give a glass every night. Or if your child is fond of buttermilk add a teaspoon of the powder to a glass and ask your child to have it after his meal.

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