Pin Worms and Autism

In London, (and probably the whole of the UK) we are having the usual winter scourge…. pin worms.

I am writing this post because ASD children generally tend to be more prone to parasites in general, and worms among them.   This is due to lowered immunity and increased gut acidity as a result of increased toxicity (heavy metals for example create an abnormally acidic gut environment).

I have had several parents recently who have been perturbed at the emotional disturbances/personality shift in their child, and they have put it down to a bad ‘remedy reaction’.  Whist emotional disturbance can indeed be a detox reaction, it can also be the effects of the Pesky Pin Worms, which in a few patients, has turned out to be the case.  So I thought I would write a quick ‘check-list’ for parents so they can be sure worms aren’t an issue.

What to Look For

  • Irritability – it’s often like the child has had a complete ‘personality change’ – throwing tantrums, very emotional, irritable, and sometime displaying previously unseen anxiety, fixed repetitive behaviours etc.  This is the biggest clue, and often happens long before you see any actual worms.

  • Dark circles under the eyes – this is a big giveaway.  Your child will look generally ‘peeky’ and unwell.  They are peevish and not much fun to be around!  If you start to feel like you dread spending time with your child because it’s like walking on egg-shells, think worms!

  • Itching around the anus – this only happens during the part in the life cycle when they crawl out of the bottom and lay their eggs.  Itching typically happens from around 7pm to 11pm, and can be very uncomfortable for your child.  It is a good idea to check your child’s bottom with a torch whilst they are asleep at various intervals over a few weeks if you suspect worms. The life cycle can be 6 weeks, so it can take time to actually see them appear around the anus.

  • Disturbed sleep – they can start waking at a similar time each night, where previously this wasn’t the case

  • Loss of appetite – or eating an unusually large amount

  • Craving sugar and sweets (the worms create these cravings as they feed on sugar)

  • Weight Loss – they can lose weight, but often have a distended stomach

  • Foul smelling wind – can be very ‘sulphury’ and unusually foul smelling (particularly in the evening)

  • Bed Wetting – where previously not usual

  • Grinding of teeth – you will often see the child sitting grinding their lower jaw from side to side

  • Nose picking and eating – it is as if the worms ‘promote’ this behaviour to further their life cycle.

  • Visible worms around the anus at night – you can see them crawling around. (9-11pm is a good time to check).  Unfortunately this only comes at the end of the cycle, and you may have been putting up with a lot of the other symptoms for quite a few weeks.

My general observation would be that your child becomes ‘hard work’.  Very moody, picky with food, will fly off the handle over nothing.  Irritability is a tell tale sign, as are the dark circles under the eyes.

So what do you do to treat it?  The drugs work (OVEX etc), but unfortunately it is your child’s susceptibility which is the problem, so chances are… they’ll come back.  I think the best way to tackle it is to do the following:

  1. Be fastidious about hand washing – it sounds obvious but with hot water and soap before every meal, after every visit to the loo, and first thing in the morn.

  2. Wash bottoms first thing in the morning – take your child into the shower and hose them down, putting PJs straight in the wash

  3. lots of raw carrots in the diet

  4. add probiotics

  5. take a daily homeopathic preparations to reduce acidity in the gut, along with a daily worm remedy.  I favour the Narayani Acidity mix

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