Puppy has roundworm now how can I be sure my kids are safe?

I know the risks are low with proper hygeine and trust me now that I know my kids wont be around her, but weve had her a week and I did NOT have them wash their hands everytime they petted the dog nor did I everytime the kids ate. Ive read that it can be serious if the kids get it - now is their anything the pediatrician can give my 2 toddlers to play it safe. Id rather give them some meds then risk them losing their eyesight or worse.
Answers:
What is toxocariasis?
Toxocariasis is a zoonotic (animal to human) infection caused by the parasitic roundworms commonly found in the intestine of dogs (Toxocara canis) and cats (T. cati).

What are the symptoms of toxocariasis?
There are two major forms of toxocariasis:

1) Ocular larva migrans (OLM):

Toxocara infections can cause OLM, an eye disease that can cause blindness. OLM occurs when a microscopic worm enters the eye; it may cause inflammation and formation of a scar on the retina. Each year more than 700 people infected with Toxocara experience permanent partial loss of vision.

2) Visceral larva migrans (VLM):

Heavier, or repeated Toxocara infections, while rare, can cause VLM, a disease that causes swelling of the body’s organs or central nervous system. Symptoms of VLM, which are caused by the movement of the worms through the body, include fever, coughing, asthma, or pneumonia.

How serious is infection with Toxocara?
In most cases, Toxocara infections are not serious, and many people, especially adults infected by a small number of larvae (immature worms), may not notice any symptoms. The most severe cases are rare, but are more likely to occur in young children, who often play in dirt, or eat dirt (pica) contaminated by dog or cat stool.

How is toxocariasis spread?
The most common Toxocara parasite of concern to humans is T. canis, which puppies usually contract from the mother before birth or from her milk. The larvae mature rapidly in the puppy’s intestines; when the pup is 3 or 4 weeks old, they begin to produce large numbers of eggs that contaminate the environment through the animal’s stool. The eggs soon develop into infective larvae.

How can I get toxocariasis?
You or your children can become infected after accidentally ingesting (swallowing) infective Toxocara eggs from larvae in soil or other contaminated surfaces.

What should I do if I think I have toxocariasis?
See your health care provider to discuss the possibility of infection and, if necessary, to be examined. A blood test is available for diagnosis.

What is the treatment for toxocariasis?
VLM is treated with antiparasitic drugs, usually in combination with anti-inflammatory medications. Treatment of OLM is more difficult and usually consists of measures to prevent progressive damage to the eye.

Who is at risk for toxocariasis?
Young children; owners of dogs and cats.

How can you prevent toxocariasis?
Have your veterinarian treat your dogs and cats, especially young animals, regularly for worms.
Wash your hands well with soap and water after playing with your pets and after outdoor activities, especially before you eat. Teach children to always wash their hands after playing with dogs and cats and after playing outdoors.
Do not allow children to play in areas that are soiled with pet or other animal stool.
Clean your pet’s living area at least once a week. Feces should be either buried or bagged and disposed of in the trash.
Teach children that it is dangerous to eat dirt or soil.
just make sure they dont' touch the dog.. and if they do make sure they wash their hands.. i think having them wash their hands more often is much better than giving them medication..

medication is so evil.. :)

what with side effects.. you never know what its going to do over time..

you can buy some of that no wash hand sanitizer and just use that..
OMG stop panicking... I raise small dogs.. ALL pups get worms from moms milk. Just a fact of life ..you treat the animal with wormer and its gone. I also raised twin girls right along with the pups... its not a high risk at all... they would have to come in contact with the puppy poop.. that was infected and then into there mouth. Stop worrying... they will be fine. And no you don't treat children for worms or anything else just in case... that's how they develop and immunity problem. I hope you didn't get rid of the puppy because it had worms... ALL pups need to be wormed at least a couple times.
Lady, really. You are freaking out over nothing.
The only way they could catch roundworms from that dog is if they ate its poop. If it was as contagious as you are letting on and you never let the kids touch the dog, you could get the roundworms from touching it yourself and then spread it to the kids from touching them. But it just doesnt work that way anyway so dont worry about it.
Take the dog to the vet, get it some meds for its worms, and meanwhile let the kids play with the dog. Really - its not gonna hurt them.
Dont be so drastic.
Maybe you shouldnt have brought the dog into your house if you were gonna spazz out like this over things.

EDIT:
YOU CALL US IDIOTS when you dont know to make your kids wash their hands before they eat? YUCK. Thats nasty. Im a 40 year old factory worker and i wash my hands everytime before i put food in my mouth.
Toxocara or the roundworm can be found in dogs as well in cats and other mammals. Humans dont catch it from saliva, but only from touching dog's faces or rests of them and then play with the hand in the mouth area or eating half cooked meat or eating unwashed vegetables. The roundworm wont ever use humans as final hosts so from teh eggs who arrive in human body, larva come out and they are USUALLY arrested immediately by the immune system and are covered in a tissue where the larvae stay inactivated for several yeras untill they are destroyed. At people with a deficitary immune systems and more frequent in children than aduts, larva cannot be arrestedand they migrate in different oparts of the body where they can cause several symptoms.
In order to know if you and children have something , have a blood test done. If you are going to worm your puppies, then they'll be free of the roundworm for good.
Always remember to wash your hands before giving your chioldren to eat. If you are worried about your children, which is natural, then the first thing to do is to clean your hands when serving their meal.


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