Worm infestations in infants and children of pre-school age in indore
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Summary and Conclusions
1,722 infants and children below the age of 5 years attending the M.Y. Hospital, Indore, were examined for the evidence of worm infestations.
An overall incidence of this infection was found to be 22·6 per cent. The incidence increased with age, being 1·1 per cent in the first year, 14·1 per cent in the second year, 31 per cent in the third year, 34·6 per cent in the fourth year and 48·8 per cent in fifth year of life.
The most common infestations were ascariasis and threadworms.Trichuris trichiura andHymenolopis nana were found in small numbers. Hookworm does not occur in this region in the age group studied.
Worm infestations in infants and pre-school group of children do not appear to be causatively related to malnutrition at Indore.
Worm infestation is an exceptional cause, if at all one, of convulsions in children.
Papaya seeds, a cheap and harmless article, seems to have a place in the management of ascariasis and oxyuriasis; further controlled trials of papaya seeds on a larger scale is indicated.
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