In communities where intestinal worms are common, does giving children deworming drugs regularly improve their growth and school performance? Evidence Update, Child Health Series, May 2008.
Each Evidence Update is a 2-page summary of a Cochrane Review of healthcare interventions relevant to people in low-income and middle-income countries.
This Evidence Update is adapted from Taylor-Robinson DC, Jones AP, Garner P. Deworming drugs for treating soil-transmitted intestinal worms in children: effects on growth and school performance. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD000371. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD000371.pub3.
Deworming drugs used in targeted community programmes may improve weight gain in some circumstances. Whether deworming drugs have an effect on school performance or cognition is not known.
Effective Health Care Research Programme Consortium, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, UK, 2 pp.