This post written in collaboration with Combantrin
“Itchy butt!” is not, I have learnt, necessarily always an insult to your older or younger sibling.
Indeed, I have discovered it is one of the many, many fabulous phrases and informative terminology that kids bring home with them from school.
It was when I found myself slowly turning into a ten-year-old boy and repeating such phrases are part of almost-daily reprimands for name-calling that I had to take stock of where I was actually headed in life. I had to start being more of a Responsible Adult.
And a good thing, too, because it was then that I started to take notice of all the other things that were coming home from school along with the kids, their school bags and their verging-on-foul mouths.
- 14 kilograms of sand, per day, per shoe (I’m always amazed at how much sand can fit into the left shoe of a five-year-old);
- All the boxes you sent them to school with for Art Class, plus several hundred more, donated by other families intent on decluttering;
- Someone else’s jacket/jumper/lunch box/reader book/hat/sock;
- Paint, usually confined to the backs of their heads, or the sleeves and/or fronts of their pristine, white school shirts;
- Snotty noses, viruses, lice and nits, and my absolute favourite – THREAD WORMS!
Aren’t they just a joy to, well, discover first up, because there’s really not much more fun than being forced to examine the bum of a primary school aged child, is there?
The bugger with the thread worms is they are far more contagious than stuff like colds, lice and nits and require everything – everything – to be treated; including everyone else in the house, whether or not they have wiggly white ‘threads’ crawling about their rectum or not.
In which case, here are my Top Five Tips for getting rid of thread worm quickly, easily and painlessly.
- Take children deep into the forest, Hansel and Gretel style, and leave them there …
Oh, wait, sorry. That’s mere fantasy. Anyhoo:
- Strip ALL beds and immediately wash all bed clothes;
- Remove any clothing from public areas and give them a good wash, too. Hot water is ideal;
- Wash couch cushions and covers, any TV blankets or other, washable surfaces and materials;
- Shower everyone – including the child who prefers his bath and will have a screaming fit at the mere suggestion of showers;
- Give everyone in the family a square of Combantrin to help stave off the little buggers (the worms, not the kids).
You may also like to make the ‘Hi, just calling to let you know my kids have worms, you might like to treat the family!” courtesy phone call.
What I really like about Combantrin, too, is they came up with the brilliant idea of chocolate flavoured worm treatment so you can use it to quash the feelings of guilt and help you with the aforementioned phone call, as well as a treat/bribe/positive reinforcement.
For more info, visit the Combantrin website – www.combantrin.com.au