Old Home Remedies for Pin Worms in Kids

Pin worms–usually spelled “pinworms”–are a very common human intestinal parasite, particularly in young children. Also known as threadworms or seat worms, pinworms are a type of roundworm and are found worldwide.

Pinworm Infection

The medical term for a pinworm infection is enterobiasis, and symptoms include: intense itching around the anus, loss of appetite, restless sleep and weight loss. In young children, failure to gain weight can also be a symptom of pinworm infection.

Cycle of Infection

The often painful itching around the anus can lead to a cycle of re-infection, particularly in very young children. Scratching the anal area can cause microscopic eggs to be lodged under the fingernails and then orally reintroduced.


The best means of preventing a pinworm infection or to stop the cycle of infection once begun are proper wiping habits and hand washing after toileting.

Diatomaceous Earth Remedy

Food-grade diatomaceous earth is a chalky, sedimentary rock consisting of fossilized remains of tiny, hard-shelled algae called diatoms. Also useful for arresting flea infestations, diatomaceous earth works by dehydrating the pinworms.

White Willow Bark

Known as the original source of salicylic acid, the active ingredient in aspirin, white willow bark has long been used as a home remedy for pinworms.

Pin worms--usually spelled "pinworms"--are a very common human intestinal parasite