Deworming kids is giving of an anthelmintic drug or dewormer to a child to get rid of parasitic worm. This worm infection or deworming is most common problem especially among kids. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 870 million children are at risk of parasitic worm infection. These parasitic worms generally live in the intestine or the other part of the body and often reproduce. It can affect children and adults both.
Stomach worms are parasites that reside in the gastrointestinal tract of the body. These worms are of three types– Tape worms, Hook worms and Round worms. These worms can do a lot of damage to our body and may cause different health problems.
In fact, the main cause of intestinal worms in kids (pet ke keede) is exposure to soil or surfaces. Even after the best hygiene and preventive measures, kids get infected while walking or playing around. Other causes may under cooked contaminated food, impure drinking water, contaminated swimming pool water, poor sanitation and personal hygiene. Once these worms enter in the body of the kid, they will grow and lay more eggs. These worms can affect your child’s health. Ultimately, they may cause vomiting and stomach-ache and even can stop the growth of the kid.
In the beginning, this worm infection does not show any symptoms; it develops gradually, so it is difficult to speculate. Therefore doctors recommend for deworming kids every six month after the age of one year. Visible symptoms of worm infection in kids are sore tummy, irritable behaviour, loss of appetite, itching and pain around anus, restlessness, sleeplessness, weight loss, stomach pain, nausea and vomiting.
If you go to doctor for the problem of parasitic worms, doctor prescribed some drugs for deworming kids. But these drugs kill the adult worms, do not kill the eggs and may have some side effects also. Therefore it is better to apply some other remedies which are effective and have no side effects. There are some natural remedies for getting dewormed of your children which are safe and have no side effect.
Natural Remedies for Deworming Kids (pet ke keede):
1. Carom Seeds or Ajwain for Deworming:
Carom is an evergreen herb with culinary, medicinal, and ornamental uses. It has antiseptic, anti-bacterial and antispasmodic properties. Carom seeds or ajwain have the quality of removing worm infection among kids.
a. Firstly, grind some carom seeds (ajwain) to make fine powder and mix thoroughly with jaggery (gur). Then make small balls (1-2 gm each) from this mixture. Ingest 1 ball with water and repeat it for three times a day only.
b. Another method of using carom seeds for deworming is also in use. Likewise, grind some carom seeds (ajwain) to make fine powder and give half gm ajwain powder to eat with half cup of buttermilk for deworming kids. For adults deworming, use 2 gm ajwain powder with one cup buttermilk for 4-5 days. Repeat it after 6 months again.
2. Ripe Tomato as Natural Remedy:
Tomato (tamatar) is a type of vegetable that has many health benefits. It is an excellent source of vitamin-C and anti-oxidants. As a matter of fact, tomatoes are also good for deworming (pet ke keede).
Hence, give 1-2 deshi tomato (with a pinch of rock salt and black pepper) to your child to eat empty stomach for some days; it kills stomach worms completely without any side effect. Please ensure that he should not eat anything up to two hours after eating tomatoes. This natural remedy can be applied above 3 years age group of children and can be continued for 1-2 weeks for better results.
3. Radish Juice for Deworming:
Radish (mooli) is a root crop which we normally use in salad. It has many medicinal values also. Radish juice is effective in the treatment of deworming kids.
At first, extract the juice of radish (mooli ka ras) with the help of juicer or simply by grating the radish. Then ingest 10 gm radish juice daily for three days; it removes worms through stool.
4. Curd for Deworming:
Curd (dahi) is a dairy product that can destroy stomach worms also. This is a good anti-parasitic; it removes intestinal parasites naturally through excretion without any medicine. Therefore, if your kid has a problem of intestinal parasites (aanto ke keede), give some curd (dahi) to eat with roasted cumin seeds (jeera) and black salt (kala namak) to your kid. It is better to simply include curd in your kid’s daily diet.
5. Amla Juice for Deworming Kids:
Indian gooseberry (amla) is an amazing fruit that has lots of health benefits. You can use amla or Indian gooseberry in the form of juice. Simply, grate or grind 2-3 amla and extract the juice with the help of a thin cloth. Then ingest 5 gm fresh juice of amla with some honey empty stomach for deworming of kids. Repeat it for seven days. Indian gooseberry juice destroys the worms and removes through excretion. This natural remedy can also be used for adults deworming but the dose will be 25-30 gm amla juice. Amla or Indian gooseberry helps in natural deworming and has no side effect; this can be given to the kids of 2 years and above.
6. Neem Leaves for Deworming Kids:
Neem tree is full of medicinal properties and every part of this plant is useful for health. It is a versatile natural product which is full of anti-bacterial properties. Neem leaves are equally important as a natural remedy for deworming kids.
To prepare this natural medicine, grind one cup of tender neem leaves at first. Then add 1-1 tea spoon of carom seeds (ajwain) powder, rock salt powder (sendha namak) and a pinch of dry ginger powder (sonth) in the paste of neem leaves. At last, make pills of 1-1 gm of this mix and dry it completely in sunlight. Finally, swallow 3 pills with water empty stomach. Repeat it again after three months.
Though neem pills are bitter in taste but most effective as traditional natural remedy for deworming kids. It was in use from the time of our ancestors but the children below 3-4 years can’t swallow it. Adults can also use it.
7. Harshringar Tree Leaves:
Night jasmine or Harshringar tree is a divine tree with lots of health benefits. It has numerous medicinal properties and has been used as a traditional remedy since the time of our ancestors. In addition to other benefits, juice of night jasmine or harshringar tree leaves also have the properties of destroying the parasitic worms (pet ke keede).
For making juice, firstly crush 1 leaf of harshringar and then extract juice by using a thin cloth. Now, ingest this juice with honey and a pinch of rock salt (sendha namak). Ingest it empty stomach for 2 days. This natural remedy is effective for deworming kids and has no side effect.
8. Garlic Cloves for Deworming:
Garlic (lahsun) has a content called ‘allicin’ which has medicinal value. It is an anti-parasitic food, that’s why used to kill any type of stomach worms.
Eating 3 garlic cloves empty stomach for 6-7 days is a simple way to kill parasitic worms or deworming kids. If children can’t eat it directly, grind it and mix some honey (shahad) and then give it to your child for deworming. Because of its taste, small kids don’t like to eat therefore alternatively you can give it with milk. Crush two garlic cloves and boil into half cup of milk and feed it to your kid.
9. Coconut for Deworming of Kids:
To destroy parasitic worms (pet ke keede), coconut is also effective as natural medicine because it has very strong anti- parasitic properties. Simply, give a small piece of coconut (nariyal) to your child to eat empty stomach for a week; it is good in taste and even the child will like to eat it.
Another way of applying coconut home remedy is by preparing decoction (kadha). Simply, take a fresh coconut and grate it finely. Then, boil it with some milk and give it to your child lukewarm to drink. You can even mix some boiled milk directly in grated coconut and give this decoction four times in a day to your kid.
10. Carrot (Gajar)- a Natural Dewormer:
Carrot is a root vegetable which usually orange in color. It is very effective in treating thread-worms; simultaneously, it is used for deworming of other parasites also.
Firstly, peel 1-2 carrots (gajar) after peeling and grate them. Now, ingest one small cup of grated carrot to your child every morning, without adding anything. This is a simple natural remedy for deworming kids; adults can also use it.
11. Tulsi Leaves for Deworming:
Plant of Basil (tulsi) is known for its medicinal properties. All parts of this plant are useful for health. If you want a natural medicine for deworming kids, its leaves are good for it.
- Firstly, take some (15-20) leaves of basil and crush some them to extract juice.
- Now, extract the juice with the help of sieve by pressing with finger tips.
- Ingest 1 tea spoon of basil juice to your child for deworming.
- You may give the seeds (manjari) of tulsi with water directly as an alternate of basil juice.
- Or only give some leaves of basil (tulsi) to your kid to chew empty stomach.
12. Papaya Leaves for Deworming:
Papaya (papita) is an important fruit full of health benefits. Its leaves are also beneficial to treat some health problems. In case of eliminating intestinal worms (aanto ke keede), its leaves are very useful.
Firstly, boil some (15-20 gm) dried papaya leaves in 200 ml of water on heat till it reduces half. Now put off the flame and let the decoction (kadha) to be cool. Then add some honey (shahad) in it and ingest to your kid. Repeat it for 3 days. This is a good natural remedy to destroy intestinal parasites naturally without giving any medicine.
13. Unripe Papaya with Honey:
Another way of using papaya for deworming of kids is the use of milk of unripe papaya. Take 3-5 tbsp of milk from the unripe papaya and 1 tbsp of honey. Mix 5 tbsp of boiled water in it and ingest for deworming. This is an effective natural remedy.
14. Turmeric (Haldi) for Deworming Kids:
Turmeric or haldi is a natural anti-septic and anti-bacterial spice; it is too good to remove out intestinal worms naturally. Mix 1/4th – 1 tsp of turmeric (according to the age of the child) into lukewarm water and ingest it to your child on an empty stomach. You can use raw turmeric in place of turmeric powder if available. Simply crush a small piece of the raw turmeric and mix them with jaggery; then give it to your child to consume.
15. Onion Juice for Removing Worms:
Onion juice can clear the thread worms in the kids. Extract the juice of onions by grinding them well into mixer-grinder. Ingest 1-2 spoon of onion juice to your kid with honey in the morning on an empty stomach. This remedy is also helpful to clear thread worms in adults too; give them juice of one or two onion on an empty stomach.
Another way of extracting onion juice is to cut onion and leave it in a cup of water overnight. Next day in the morning, take out the onion and squeeze it into the cup; then give it to your child to drink. Continue to give the juice for 4-5 days. This really helps to remove out the worms naturally.
16. Drum Stick Seeds for Deworming:
17. Bitter Gourd Juice or Karela Ras :
Bitter gourd (karela) juice helps to clear intestinal worms. Though it is not easy to ingest it to a child, because of its bitter taste; therefore mix some honey and ingest to your kid. This home remedy of bitter gourd or karela juice is extremely effective and works for adults too.
18. Banana (Kela) with Lemon (Nimbu) Juice:
Banana with lemon juice works like a natural laxative; it helps to remove intestinal worms also. You can give it to your child for deworming naturally. Mash a piece of ripe banana and mix it with 1 tsp of lemon juice; then give it to ingest your child. Properties of banana and lemon juice help to kill the worms.
19. Pomegranate (Anar) Juice for Deworming:
Pomegranate (anar) juice is good for deworming naturally. Therefore, give 2-3 tbsp to half cup (according to age of the child) of pomegranate juice to your child daily. It can also be effective in case of adults; drink 1-2 glass of pomegranate juice daily. This helps to cleanse your intestines and removes parasites.
20. Pumpkin Seeds for Deworming:
Pumpkin or kaddu seeds have medicinal properties. It contains a compound- cucurbitacins- and some other worm killing nutrients that help to paralyse the worms in the body and stop their growth. Therefore, eat 8-10 pumpkin (kaddu) seeds in a day for a week to kill worms of intestine.
Or you can make decoction (kadha) of pumpkin seeds by boiling 2 spoon seeds into 2 cups of water. Let it to be cool and consume once daily for week.
Tips and Caution:
The Though all the above said ingredients are safe and there is no known side effects of them. But you should not completely rely on home remedies. If your symptoms are severe or your kid is not getting comfort, then you should see your doctor.
All the above ingredients required for deworming natural remedy like- carom seeds, coconut, basil leaves, neem leaves, radish, tomato, or curd etc.- are available in each and every house and its surroundings.