Hookworm and roundworm are rare in Australia, but threadworm (also known as pinworm) is common and often found in children. Threadworms live and breed in the digestive system, but don’t cause any serious medical problems. They are passed on by infected children transferring eggs from their bottom or from solied nightclothes to their fingers, then from fingers to mouth.
Your child may be irritable or restless.
If you suspect worms, an easy one-dose oral treatment is available from your pharmacist. Treat the whole family to avoid re-infection, following the instructions on the packet carefully.
Preventing spread of worms at home
Chapter 4 Your Child's Health