Kids do weird things all the time. Specifically, weird gross things. They pick their noses. They eat nasty things. And they also pick at their butts. But, as it turns out, the last one may actually be a sign of a larger problem: pinworms.
Mildred F. Carson, a pediatrician, told Fatherly:
Pinworms are a reason why kids might pick their butts.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pinworms infect up to 50% of children between the ages of 5-10. Their eggs hatch and then grow to full size inside the intestines. Once that happens, pinworms love to lay their new eggs around the anus. Hence, the itching.
Carson did explain that this isn’t the only potential cause for butt itching:
Children that are not wiping or being wiped thoroughly can have stool left behind and this will cause extreme itching.
But other potential causes aren’t exactly keeping people from worrying.
My feed is filled with horrible things, so here's a funny text I just sent:
“Hurray! No butt worms!”
(I was terrified the 10-yr old had pinworms. Turns out, it was just an itchy butt.)
— Jay Guevara (Overly Caffeinated Communist) (@DrJayDrNo) June 19, 2018
How long can I have a really itchy butt before I have to worry I have worms?
— Dave Robinson (@iamdaverobinson) May 23, 2018
“If you have kids and they say my butt hole is itchy, you gotta spread their cheeks and check for worms” -Julia
— Alicia Knaggs (@tortilla_licia) February 27, 2016
So my butt has been itchy all day and I'm going to just declare that I have worms
— Floral Couches (@FloralCouches) April 12, 2013
I cannot stop eating at the moment! I am literally worried that I might have worms! My butt's not itchy though!
— Sadie Vile (@sadievile) March 26, 2013
she'd better not have worms, my butt's been a kinda itchy all day D:
— The Dalish Girl (@possumskull) November 29, 2016
Let’s hope there’s a more innocuous reason for all of these people’s itchy butts. Fingers crossed!