This is already totally freaking me out, so pretty please – no “worst case scenarios”, no “this can affect her permanently” or “give her learning difficulties” or “lead poisoning’ whatever. I already know all of that.
As soon as I found out our nanny had worms (this post) I de-wormed our whole family, including Little OL. In the meantime I also took her to the doctor for a chest infection and while she was there she licked his desk. He asked me if she licks stuff a lot. I said she didn’t usually but I had noticed her doing it the past weekend. She licked the glass door, but as she gets cold sore blisters on her tongue I thought maybe she was doing that to cool them or ease the pain on her tongue. In fact at the time I thought it was funny and took a photo…. (not so much anymore)
He said if she continued doing it after the blisters went away I should call him as it can be a sign of a nutrient deficiency. I just thought kids licked stuff. Well, she did not stop so I called him. He sent us for blood tests and it turns out she is anaemic due to lack of Iron. URGH – cause by 1 of 2 things, worms or too much milk. Both huge possibilities (she loves milk).
I am not a happy camper (understatement), but fortunately there do not seem to be any of the usual problems caused by this and she does not show any of the normal signs of being anaemic (except for the licking). She is not lethargic, she has not lost any of her motor skills and she has a great attention span. The only other thing I can notice is that she has been picking up infections quite a bit this year, but I put that down to starting day care in January…
We have dewormed her again (yes she still had worms even after de-worming her before) and she has been put on a 3 month course of Iron Supplements. In 3 months’ time we will need to go for another set of blood test.
This is turning into a total nightmare. And our poor nanny shows no signs of improvement either!