Children can easily get diseases or catch parasites from pets such as cats since kids have an immature immune system and frequently have poor hygiene. Roundworms are the most common parasite in the digestive system of cats and this kind of worms can spread to humans when their eggs are ingested. A kid who comes in contact with soil or sand contaminated with roundworm eggs can catch the parasite when he or she contaminates her fingers with the roundworm eggs. Roundworm eggs in the fingers of the children may enter the kid’s body when dipping their contaminated fingers in their mouths.
The eggs ingested by a child goes straight to the child’s intestines where the eggs hatch. The larvae from the eggs goes to the bloodstream where they have the chance to spread to all parts of the body of the child particularly in the heart, lungs, liver, eyes and even in the child’s brain. Children between ages 2 to 4 can be easily affected by the parasite since kids of these ages love to play in sandboxes and on soil contaminated by feces of the pet. Parasite eggs can survive in soil even as long a seven years. It is really important for kids to wash their hands thoroughly before eating to avoid ingesting the parasite eggs.
Hookworms are also parasites present in cats and thrive in tropical and subtropical areas. Children can be hookworms at the same way by which they can have roundworms. However, hookworms can also enter the body of the child by penetrating the human skin. The hookworm larvae has the tendency to travel under the skin which manifests through characteristic itchy rashes that form a snake like tract including blisters. Children can also be infected from the soles of their feet when walking barefoot on infected areas or through their buttocks when sitting on the infected areas.
Ringworms from cats can also easily spread to humans and kids as well. Humans being infected by tapeworms from cats is a remote possibility and this can happen only when a human ingests an inflected flea which does not usually happen. A regular de-worming of your pet cat can be a good step of preventing your cat from getting worms and your child from catching the worms in your pet. The proper and regular disposal of cat feces should also be a must for the parents and guardians of the kids. Check pits regularly for cat feces since these places are the favorite dumping ground of cats for their waste. When you see your child handle a cat, make sure you wash his or her hands at once to ensure that no transfer of worm eggs may happen.