Unfortunately, infants are highly susceptible to tapeworm. In fact, they are much more susceptible to tapeworms than adults. Generally, these nasty parasites are spread courtesy of a family pet. Treatment is simple in your baby. However, it takes a diligent parent to pay attention at the level necessary to fight these unwanted guests.
Monitor your baby’s output. This means looking at diapers and looking at the fecal matter for anything abnormal. Tapeworms will frequently work their way to the intestines where they feed. If there are any long spaghetti-like elements found, your infant may very well have tapeworm.
Check the frequency of the tapeworms. Make an appointment for your infant to see his pediatrician. In the days or hours you are waiting to take your child in, keep monitoring the diaper. It will be useful for the doctor to know how long this has been going on and how frequently tapeworms are turning up in the diaper.
Ask for a prescription to get rid of your baby’s tapeworm. Since your baby cannot swallow a pill, the doctor may prescribe a liquid for the baby. The typical drugs needed to remove tapeworm from a person's body are quinacrine hydrochloride or niclosamide. Follow the pharmacist's direction on how to give the medicine and how often to administer the medication for most effective results.
Give the infant praziquantel or albendazole, if tapeworm embryos are found in the child and if the medication from Step 3 is not solving the entire problem. Typically a pediatrician tries quinacrine hydrochloride or niclosamide first. If the problem seems to linger, there were likely tapeworm embryos in the child. The doctor likely then would prescribe praziquantel or albendazole to remove the embryos.
Keep monitoring the baby’s diaper. Ideally, over time the worms should no longer appear. However, if the worms continue past the estimated time given by your doctor, make another appointment to have your infant looked at.