What is Deworming?
Deworming is a process that involves the use of medication to remove an infestation of worms in the intestine. The treatment aims at eliminating the worms and removing any infection that causes discomfort in the patient.
Symptoms Of Worms In Kids
One of the dangers of intestinal worms is that the symptoms are subtle, and can be overlooked by parents. Children are vulnerable to catching intestinal worms and may show the following signs and symptoms when they do.
- A sore tummy: your child may complain of a tummy ache.
- Loss of appetite: Your child may lose his appetite and go on bouts of hunger strikes.
- Weight loss.
- Always feeling hungry.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Anemia is common if the child has hookworms.
- Rash (usually hives), itching in the anal region, especially around the anus through which the worms have entered. This is typically in the case of pinworms and threadworms.
- Blood in the stool and diarrhea, although it is rare.
- Irritability and trouble in sleeping, due to discomfort caused by itchiness.
- Frequent urination, painful urination.
- Constant coughing.
Intestinal worms can be easily removed by regularly deworming a child. If the worms are not removed, they can multiply by laying eggs in the intestine and can cause severe damage to the body. If neglected, intestinal parasites can also be fatal to the host.
Leucaena leucocephala has different local names and it is known as “ipil-ipil” in the Philippines.
During the 1970’s and 1980’s, it was advertised as a “miracle-tree” for its multiple uses. But it has also been described as a “conflict-tree”.
Leucaena leucocephala is considered to be one of the 100 worst invasive species, because it grows quickly in urban areas, growing along roadsides, in car parks, and in abandoned lands.
The good thing is, this plant contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It also has p-hydroxycinnamic acid, which reduces the risk of stomach cancer.
In the Philippines, due to its effectiveness, it is widely used for deworming children. Consuming of your pods of Leucaena leucocephala affects and kills the worms inside the body. Its property helps to flush out worms, such as roundworms, flukes, and tapeworms.
Young pods are also used in making Javanese vegetable salad with spicy peanut sauce, and fish wrapped in papaya or taro leaves in Indonesia, and in papaya salad in Laos.
NOTE: Never consume them raw, it is best to consume if finely cooked.
Source: The Health Center