Intestinal worms affect millions of children worldwide.
Older children can learn and share knowledge about the life cycle of intestinal worms, the available treatments for worms and what they can do to prevent the chances of worm infestation like good hygiene practices and wearing shoes.
Use the tabs 1-10 above to read our Top Ten Messages on Intestinal Worms for children to learn and share. Scroll down to see ideas on what children can do to understand, find out more, take action and reflect on this topic.
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CHILDREN SAY THAT WE CAN…
MAKE our own Intestinal Worms Messages using our own words in our own language!
LEARN these messages so we never forget them!
ADD these messages to our collection!
SHARE these messages with other children and our families!
WHAT CAN CHILDREN DO?
USE ‘vote with your feet’ to take our quiz and find out how much you know about worms.
WATCH the video about Schistomaisis and find out more about worms in dirty water.
PLAY a word game to fill in the blanks to test our knowledge about worms.
LISTEN to a story about worms so we can understand how we can stop worms spreading by washing our hands and remembering to wear our sandals.
LISTEN to the story about Pate kay Keeray.
FIND out how food is prepared in our school and how our cook keeps food safe and free from worms.
WATCH the video ‘Dirty word of the day – all about worms’!
ALWAYS use the toilet or latrine to stop worm eggs spreading from poo that gets into the soil and water.
WASHING our hands needs soap and water, find out how to wash our hands.
TAKE a quiz to find out if we know when to wash our hands before doing something and when to wash our hands after doing something.
DO a survey to find out what people in our family know about worms.
LISTEN to a story about Meena or read the comic book about how Meena learns about worms.
WATCH the video about our digestive system.
WATCH a video about how to clean water so that it is safe using sunlight.
WHAT CAN CHILDREN MAKE?
MAKE up a play about wicked worms and how children stop wicked worms stealing their family’s food!
MAKE posters to show how to keep food safe and free from worms by washing it before eating raw vegetables, cooking meat properly and preparing food.
FIND out how to make a Tippy Tap and make a hand washing station for our class to use.
MAKE a song about how to stop worms spreading.
MAKE up a song about hand washing to remind us when and how to wash our hands.
MAKE a poster to remind us to wash vegetables and fruit before we eat them or prepare them.
MAKE a role play or puppet show about how we can stop worms spreading.
WHAT CAN CHILDREN ASK?
HOW does the food we eat get used by our bodies?
HOW long is our large intestine?
HOW do worms take our food?
HOW long can a tape worm grow?
HOW many types of worm do you know?
WHAT kind of worms are most common where you live?
WHAT are the signs you could have worms?
WHERE you can get de-worming medicine and who needs to take it? (Everyone in your family!)
HOW many eggs can a worm make every day?
WORMS may take other nutrients like Vitamin A from our bodies as well as food – can you find out what we need Vitamin A for?
WORM babies are called larvae. Which worm larvae get into our bodies through our skin?
HOW using the toilet or latrine and getting rid of our poo safely helps stop worms spreading?
WHEN our school de-worming days are?
WHY does everyone get de-worming tablets on the same day?
HOW many children in the world have worms?
WHY is it important we stop worms spreading?
ABOUT our digestive system – how does it work and what do worms do to stop it working?
HOW small is a worm egg? What is the smallest thing you know?
HOW can we tell if water is clean or dirty?
WHAT do plants need to grow? How can we make fertilizer that is safe to feed to plants?
ALL 10 MESSAGES…
- Millions of children have worms living inside their body, in a part called ‘the intestines’ this is where the food we eat is digested by our bodies.
- Different kinds of worms can live in our bodies like roundworm, whipworm, hookworm and bilharzia (schistosomiasis). There are others too!
- Worms can make us feel ill or weak and they can cause stomach aches, coughs, fever and sickness.
- Worms live inside your body so you might not know they are there but sometimes you can see worms in your poo.
- Worms and their eggs get in to our bodies in different ways: some get in from food or drink (like unsafe water). Others get in through bare feet.
- Killing worms with ‘de-worming’ treatment is easy and cheap. It’s given by health workers every 6 or 12 months or more for some worms.
- Worm eggs live in pee and poo. Use latrines or get rid of pee and poo safely. Wash your hands with soap after you pee or poo, and if you help someone younger, so worm eggs don’t get on your hands.
- Stop worms getting into your body by washing hands with soap after a pee or poo, washing fruit and vegetables, before preparing food, eating or drinking and by wearing shoes.
- Some worms live in the soil – so always wash your hands with soap after touching soil.
- When watering plants to eat, make sure you use water that cannot have human pee or poo in it.