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Question: 2yr old digging at butt

 january1983 - Sun Apr 26, 2009 7:32 pm

My two year old step daughter keeps digging at her butt and keeps crying as if she's in pain. No blood in her stool or coming from her butt, any clues as what could be wrong?
 Debbie Miller, RN - Tue May 05, 2009 7:16 pm

User avatar Hello,
There are pinworms that cause severe itching and can be causing this. These are usually visible at night and you can check her about three or four hours after she falls asleep with a flashlight to see if there is any sign of tiny little worms around the anus. If so, she needs treatment. If not, you may want to have her checked to see if there is something else causing this.

Meanwhile, encourage her to wash hands frequently and keep her nails trimmed to avoid injury and infection to the area.

Good luck.


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