The subject of intestinal parasites in children is one that I believe has not been given the care and attention that it rightly deserves. Generally speaking, only those patients are examined for parasites who come with a definite history referable to the parasites, such as the finding of a segment of tenia in the stools, or when the mother of the patient makes the statement that she believes that her child has worms, do we ask for a specimen and examine or have the stools examined.
That this was true was forcibly brought to my attention by the number of cases that came to me, both in my private practice and in the West End Dispensary, either with the statement by the mother that the child had worms, or with the child complaining of other symptoms not referable to a parasitic disease; yet on routine examination these cases were found
GREIL GJ. INTESTINAL PARASITES IN CHILDREN. Am J Dis Child. 1915;X(5):363-366. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1915.04110050052006