7. Teeth Grinding
If you grind your teeth in your sleep, one possible cause is a parasite infestation. Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, may occur while sleeping due to anxiety and restlessness caused by waste and toxins released by the parasites in the body.
A 2010 study published in Dental Research Journal confirmed the correlation between intestinal parasitic infections and bruxism among small children.
As pathogenic parasites serve as the cause of bruxism among children, if you notice any such symptoms in your children, get their stool examined.
8. Iron-Deficiency Anemia
Infestations by intestinal roundworms or pinworms can lead to iron deficiency in the body and ultimately cause anemia.
The parasites steal the good vitamins, including iron, from the food the person eats, leading to an iron deficiency.
A 2003 study published in Indian Pediatrics found a prevalence of intestinal parasitism up to 30 to 50 percent and anemia from 40 to 73 percent among school-going girls (2 to 4 years of age) at Gulbarga, Karnataka.
The study notes that the problem is likely to be more common because of bad hygiene, poor awareness, illiteracy, poverty and a variety of allied factors.
Another 2008 study published in the Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice reports worm infestation and anemia among preschool children of peasant farmers in Calabar, Nigeria.
Severe anemia ultimately affects a child’s growth and development. In fact, slow growth and weight loss are common in children infested with parasites. If you notice signs of slow growth in your child, consult your doctor.