Kristen Bell: I Had Anal Worms and So Can You

Children — you might think of them as adorable delights or as expensive germ factories. But did you know that they also play a major role in the life cycle of certain parasites?

Kristen Bell, the delightful star of The Good Place and Veronica Mars, knows this. Because as she tells Joel McHale on his Netflix show, she had a nasty infestation of anal worms.

And, as she explains in the video below, she got them from her kids.

Kristen bell and joel mchale

Kristen Bell, the beloved actress who is also a mom, segues from a joke into an important lesson while speaking on Joel McHale's Netflix show.

"I did have anal worms two weeks ago."

Yes, that's a real thing. It's not a sex toy or the world's worst gummy snack.

“I swear to God. They’re called pinworms."

That should be a familiar name for many parents in the developed world. Kristen describes how she dealt with them.

"You take a chalky substitute — you take an over the counter …"

As naturally happens in conversations, she's cut off before explaining that people take a simple over the counter compound, either albendazole or mebendazole.

(It's not really chalky — more like cardboard mixed with sawdust? I never had the worms but i did take the pills as a preventative measure as a child. It's not a taste that one forgets)

Kristen bell and children

"My kids have them. You never got them, when your kids were … ?"

He apparently did not, but asks Kristen if they were painful (as many parasites can cause pain).

"No but it was very itchy."

Symptoms generally include anal itching. And exposure to this parasite can be a natural product of being a parent.

"But your kids get 'em, and … I'm not here to talk about pinworms but I will."

She says that it sometimes goes unnoticed in adults.

"50% of people over 15 don't experience symptoms. Which is the itch."

Kristen bell at the peoples choice awards

"Your kids get them because they put their hands in their mouth and they lay eggs."

That is horrifying on multiple levels.

(Note, children who are very particular about cleanliness or tactile sensations may be less likely to get pinworms)

Kristen talks like an expert because  learned about all of this the hard way.

"And I noticed at our preschool, all of the carpets were gone. And I was like 'this is an interesting development; where are the carpets?'"

That's a great question.

Kristen bell at the 2016 emmys

"And they were like, 'oh, we're having them cleaned.' And I was like, 'okay, why?'"

Also a great question.

"And they said, 'oh, we had a pinworm case.' And I of course immediately googled it."

Kristen Bell educated herself not a moment too soon.

Kristen bell and dax shepard pose

"And it's like so, so contagious. And I noticed that my three-year-old was [scratching her butt] for like a week."

The eggs actually incubate for weeks, making the pinworms extra difficult to eradicate. Also, the medication only kills adult worms — not the eggs. So you're often looking at multiple doses.

"You have to monitor it and look in their poop and when you wipe their butt."

This is how you determine if they actually have pinworms.

“Sure enough I wiped and saw a little white worm."

Well, that's all gross, and I think that I'll just wear a HAZMAT suit the next time that I go to any place that children frequent.

The good news, at least, is that pinworms are only transferred through humans!

Kristen bell i had anal worms and so can you

Jinger Duggar at 18 Weeks: Check Out My “Bell Pepper!”

Jinger Duggar is nearly halfway home, folks.

Or, to be more specific, Jinger Duggar’s impending bundle of joy is nearly halfway home.

The young reality star has updated fans on the status of her pregnancy, sharing a new photo on Instagram on Saturday that depicts her standing alongside a chalkboard.

We can see a baby bump just starting to form underneath her black shirt, while we can also be treated to a science lesson from Jinger at the same time.

“Update on Baby Vuolo,” she wrote as a simple caption to the snapshot above, which includes a message of its own.

At 18 weeks, Jinger informs us, a baby is the size of a bell pepper.

Sort of interesting, right?

(And, no, for the medical record, it does not matter if said pepper is red, green or yellow.)

This is the first baby bump glimpse Jinger has given us since her fetus turned 15 weeks old, as you can see below:

Jinger and husband Jeremy Vuolo announced they were expecting in early January.

They did so via a very cute snapshot of the couple and a sign that said, appropriately, “We’re expecting.”

In a follow-up statement to Us Weekly, the twosome – who got married in late 2016 – told the tabloid:

“The past 14 months have been the best of our lives as we have had the wonderful privilege of beginning our journey through life together in marriage.

“We both looked forward to the joys of marriage but neither one of us fully understood just how amazing the start of this journey would be.”

Having barely even held hands prior to exchanging vows, Jinger and Jeremy eventually had the sort of sex that leads to a baby.

“Truly, the Lord’s mercies are new every morning! Now, the journey has taken an exciting turn: We are expecting our first child!” they added in this statement, concluding at the time:

“We are praising God for this beautiful gift and ask that you join us in praying for a safe and healthy pregnancy.”

For the Duggar family, of course, waiting over a year after marriage to get pregnant is equivalent to a lifetime.

(By comparison, for example, Joy-Anna Duggar got pregnant just three months after getting hitched.)

As a result, some judgemental social media trolls have been shaming Jinger over her pregnancy, much to the chagrin of viewers who have followed this TLC personality since she was a young teenager.

Thankfully, in response to this new snapshot, almost all comments have been positive and supportive.

“You’re carrying high @jingervuolo! I bet it’s a girl!” predicted one excited follower.

Added another: “Omg you got a belly as if you were having a girl.”

Interesting, huh?

Jinger is yet to confirm the gender of her baby. We’re guessing she doesn’t even know what it is herself.

But we’ll all find out in about 22 weeks!

Exciting stuff.


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