Using dewormer for children
Using a single dose of albendazole or mebendazole 1–2 times a year (depending on the endemic area) is recommended for all infants and children.
Dosage is as follows:
- Children from 12 months to under 24 months: deworming drugs are not readily recommended unless specifically advised by the doctor.
- Children 24 months and older: albendazole 400mg or mebendazole 500mg, single dose
Frequently asked questions
When should I take the dewormer to get the best results?
Today’s dewormers do not need to be taken after fasting or used as an enema (laxative) as in the past. You can take the medicine at any time of the day after eating, it is best to take it 2 hours after dinner
For young children, you should crush the tablet and mix it with water for the child to drink. To increase the effectiveness, you should also chew the tablet before taking it with water. Of course, there are liquid (suspension) preparations, too. After taking the medicine, you can still eat and drink normally.
How long does it take to take deworming pills?
Once taken, the medicine will begin to be absorbed and take effect immediately, but it may take a few days to kill all the worms. In case you are prescribed by a doctor for deworming, use the correct dose and time according to the instructions.
Albendazole and mebendazole do not kill worm eggs, so you are still at risk of reinfection or passing it on to others. Therefore, to ensure effective deworming and prevent a recurrence, you should take an additional dose of the drug after 2 weeks
Does taking deworming pills take out the worms?
Normally, after taking the medicine for a few hours or a few days, you will feel the urge to defecate to expel the worms in the stool. Previous anthelmintics remove the worm carcasses or intact worms, so you can see the worms in the stool. Today, new drugs all work to make the worms dissolve in the feces, so you will no longer experience it after taking deworming drugs
What are the side effects of dewormers?
Any drug can cause unwanted side effects and dewormers are no exception. Although these drugs are relatively safe at recommended doses, some commonly reported side effects include:
Stomach discomfort such as increased spasms
These are not all side effects that can be experienced with the drug and not everyone experiences the same reactions. For more specific information, read the instructions for the specific dewormer to be used. If you experience any unwanted effects, see your doctor.
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