7 WAYS TO PREVENT PINWORM INFECTIONS
1. Wash hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water. This is especially important after using the toilet, changing diapers, and before preparing or eating food.
2. Cut fingernails short and avoid nail biting. Eggs collect under the fingernails. Consider buying a nail brush for each family member, and sanitize the brushes after each use.
3. Discourage children from scratching their bottoms, especially near the anal area—that's where the eggs are. If you see your kids scratching their bottoms, have them wash their hands.
4. Change and wash underwear, pajamas, towels, and bed sheets daily. Pinworm eggs can contaminate clothing and bedding.
5. Clean the bedroom floor by vacuuming or damp mopping. Avoid dry sweeping that may stir up dust.
6. Disinfect doorknobs, toilet seats, furniture, and countertops. Pinworm eggs can live indoors for up to 3 weeks.
7. DO NOT shake out towels or bed sheets. The tiny eggs can become airborne and then swallowed, which can spread the infection. Consider wearing a surgical mask when cleaning to avoid breathing in eggs.
STOP PINWORM FROM SPREADING
Washing hands frequently with soap and warm water can help prevent an infection from spreading.
DON'T BLAME THE CAT OR DOG
Cats and dogs cannot give pinworms to humans. Humans cannot give pinworms to cats and dogs. However, you may want to prevent or limit an infected child from petting the cat or dog until the pinworm infection is cured.
ASK YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT TREATMENT OPTIONS THAT CAN CURE PINWORM INFECTION
Pinworm is contagious. Call your doctor as soon as possible if you suspect someone in your household has pinworm.
CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR TODAY
Your doctor or your child's doctor may want to treat everyone in your household, as they may be infected too.