How we knew- it was Worm Out time!
If only I knew then what I know now. I think that might be my mothering catch-phrase. I’ve learned so much. This interesting, strange and sometimes gross world of parasites is for sure one of them.
After researching both for my own knowledge and this series, I believe that I have had parasites for many years. In my next post, I’ll write more about my symptoms and chronic health problems, autoimmune disease and other concerns. Not only do I think I’ve had them for years, I believe I passed them along to my son in utero and he has had them his entire life.
In part 3 I listed common symptoms of a parasite infection. My kid literally had all of the “kid specific” symptoms from birth. One specific symptom he had was a chronic, recurring cough. We visited with multiple physicians, pediatricians, holistic doctors, chiropractors, an herbalist, and began working with a nutrition response therapist (NRT). The cough would return monthly- like clock work. He had also had a bad case of pneumonia as an infant, and was exposed to mold in an apartment we lived in when he was 2. This cough began about a year ago. His chiropractor and NRT, along with the help of our amazing family doc, were able to help reduce the severity (at its worse he coughed so hard he would vomit). However, no one had any idea WHY this cough was hanging on and why it wouldn’t go away.
In mid-May, an article popped up on my Facebook news feed about parasites. I had been intrigued by them after working with TriLight and decided to read through it. In the article it stated that parasites can often be linked to chronic cough in children! As I dove in to research I felt like this whole new world was opening up. One in which symptom after symptom was connected to parasites, even symptoms I didn’t really think about as troubling- lots of things that are “normal” for kids like nose picking and tummy aches.
He would grind his teeth at night, pick at his nose until it bled, craved sweets, got frequent evening tummy aches and perfectly fit the profile of a “worm-y” kid after I began some research. One of the more unique symptoms he experienced was not wanting to be looked at. We thought this was simply normal preschooler behavior. For some reason, homeopaths identify this as a common trait in kids with pinworms especially. Out of nowhere, they’ll get fussy and not want to be looked at. I dove in to research and noticed definitely cycles of bags under eyes and all the other symptoms. Wouldn’t you know it, a couple weeks later the itchy bottom started.
Most likely he had several parasites that he had gotten from me. The itchy bottom began when he got Pinworms. Pinworms are extremely common in preschools and elementary schools. They’re also very common on farms, we’re on a farm 3-5 days a week so likely he picked them up from one of those places. Fortunately, it was the very last week of school when we figured it out.
How did I know he had Pinworms?
I caught one… crawling out of his bottom in the middle of the night. Yep, parenting gets real intense sometimes folks.
I had read that if you checked about an hour after the child fell asleep during an “itchy bottom” spell then you might be able to catch an escapee. Sure enough, I found one. *yuck*
Pinworms go through a cycle and generally get reinfected over and over throughout the family. Their eggs can be found on sheets and towels so whenever dealing with pinworms (or any parasite really) you have to do lots of extra laundry. We washed sheets, towels, undies and PJs daily for a couple weeks. Pain in the butt? Yes, literally. But we got them!
The worms will also be passed through the stool. They look like undigested rice. I knew I had received the lovely gift of a Pinworm infestation when I saw rice in my stool. Rice is definitely not part of the Paleo AIP diet I follow.
I had already been planning on starting the Worm Out protocol but after that I knew we had to get on it as quick as possible!! Next week I’ll share some of my symptoms with you, the following week we’ll dive more in depth in to the dietary and lifestyle changes we made. I’ll then write a couple posts telling you what our experience was like using Worm Out and how we’re doing now! Thanks for staying tuned. Please email me at email@example.com with any questions.
I’m a blogger, not a doctor, and I don’t want this to be viewed as medical advice. I’m simply sharing my experiences and observations with you. If you believe you have a parasite please visit with a trusted practitioner.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Amanda lives in Boulder, CO with her husband and son. In addition to blogging and social media for TriLight she works as a Virtual Assistant with several other businesses. She enjoys studying about herbs, essential oils and natural remedies. Currently she is taking a comprehensive herbalism program. In her free time she enjoys crafts, the outdoors, bullet journals, hand lettering, the Denver Broncos and Colorado Mammoth Lacrosse. She’s currently following the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) and can often be found cooking. Recently her family purchased a vintage Airstream which they plan to renovate and live in full-time so they’ve been busily downsizing, and working to become a Zero Waste household. Feel free to hop on over to her blog and learn more!
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