Pinworm Infection | Prevention

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How to prevent pinworm infections and reinfections:

  • Make sure your child washes his or her hands before a meal and after using the restroom.
  • Keep your child's fingernails trimmed.
  • Discourage your child from nail-biting and scratching their anal area.
  • Be sure your child changes into a clean pair of underwear each day.
  • Have your child bathe in the morning to reduce egg contamination.
  • Open bedroom blinds and curtains during the day. Eggs are sensitive to sunlight.
  • After treatment, change your child's night clothes, underwear and bedding.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 09/00

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