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Dosage Instructions - Liquid:
• If under 25 pounds or two years of age...
consult your physician
• 25 to 37 pounds = 1/2 teaspoon
• 38 to 62 pounds = 1 teaspoon
• 63 to 87 pounds = 1-1/2 teaspoons
• 88 to 112 pounds = 2 teaspoons
• 113 to 137 pounds = 2-1/2 teaspoons
• 138 to 162 pounds = 3 teaspoons
• 163 to 187 pounds = 3-1/2 teaspoons
• 188 pounds and over = 4 teaspoons Active Ingredient:
To ensure that pinworms are eliminated all members of the household must be treated
at the same time, even if the other family members are not infected... so be sure to calculate and order enough for everyone.
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Reinfection from pinworms occurs because they are easily transmitted; so proper hand washing is the most important action you can take. This is especially true after changing a child's diaper, using the restroom, or when handling food. Regular soap and water is fine, as new antibacterial soaps have no additional effect on pinworms.
Once a household member has been identified as having pinworms, then additional steps must be taken to prevent reinfection after treatment has been started. Viable pinworm eggs may be present for some time and it is important to eliminate them from the household.
Most health professionals recommend that all family members get treated at the same time and observe the following protocol:
Immediately wash all bed linens, comforters, etc. Handle the linens carefully so as not to spread pinworm eggs, and then wash in hot water and dry on your dryer's hottest setting. Vacuum all carpets, curtains, and upholstered furniture. Dust mop all hardwood floors and wet mop all tiles floors. These steps should be repeated regularly until the pinworm infection is eliminated.
Change underclothes and shower each morning upon waking to remove any eggs that may have been laid during the night when pinworms are active. You should do this each day for at least ten days once treatment is started. Showering is superior to bathing as eggs may reattach themselves to you from bath water as you get out. Do not allow young children to bath together during this time. Clean your shower after each person finishes showering. Do not reuse washcloths or towels. Immediately place them in your clothes hamper to be washed.
Here are other steps to help prevent a reinfection of pinworms...
(1) Keep your fingernails cut short.
(2) Do not bite your fingernails or put your fingers in your mouth.
(3) Avoid scratching your anal area.
(4) Wash your pajamas daily
These steps can be difficult when young children are involved. This is especially true of children in daycare or elementary school settings. If your child does become reinfected after treatment, it may be necessary to discuss this situation with the daycare or school administrators. Mass treatment of the entire class may be necessary to bring to pinworm outbreak under control and prevent the children form continually reinfecting each other.
Standard treatment for pinworms includes a second follow-up administration of pinworm medicine two weeks after the initial treatment, so be sure to purchase enough for two treatments for all household members.
If the above steps are closely followed, most families will be successful in eliminating pinworms from the household. If you take shortcuts or skip some steps, you'll have to go thru this entire procedure again from the beginning, so you'll want to get it right the first time.
"I actually had pinworms back in the 1960's when I was in elementary school. Back then the only treatment was an awful tasting liquid named Povan. It would literally make you gag and was hard to keep down. You had to take a tablespoon of it every single day for two weeks. Thankfully the new medicines only require a single dose follow by a retreatment two weeks later, and they don't taste bad like the old stuff.
When my 3rd grader started complaining about his butt itching all the time, pinworms was the first thing that came to mind. We treated him and the whole family with Reese's, and went thru all of the cleaning steps. That wasn't fun, but it worked. It's been several months and we haven't noticed him scratching anymore. Sarah C."
"Don't take shortcuts!!!
I have five rug rats and the oldest got pinworms. What a nightmare having to keep everything spotless and all five kids (ages 1 to 8) clean. I didn't stay on top of it and sure enough, about 4 months later we had to do it all over again. Follow the prevention steps and don't skip anything. I hope I never have to do this again, but at least with the medicine being available without going to a doctor, it didn't cost much. Becky F."
"My wife and I noticed that our 6-year-old son had become irritable most of the time. After observing him for a few days, it became apparent that he wasn't sleeping well and the irritability was due to him being tired. We kept an eye on what he was eating, making sure he didn't get any chocolate, soda, or anything else with caffeine close to bedtime... but it didn't help.
We then took him to his pediatrician who didn't have a clue and said it was probably just a stage he was going through. A couple of weeks later I was talking with my aunt and mentioned our son's problem. The first thing out of her mouth was pinworms. I had never even heard of pinworms.
I quickly did a little research, found your site and ordered some Reese's. Literally within 3 or 4 days Luke was back to normal. My wife and I also took a dose and we cleaned the house from top to bottom. I'm sure there are many other parents out there whose children would benefit from having knowledge about pinworms. Sincerely, Keith H."
"The Reese's worked fine, but I didn't calculate how much we would need correctly and had to order more. If you're treating the whole family and you're doing it again two weeks later it may take 2 or 3 bottles depending on family size. They have a chart, but math wasn't my strongest subject. Megyn L"