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The day i got a Mango worm – by Dan (and Daddy)

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I am not sure how I got my Mango worm. They like to lay their eggs in damp cloths and if you aren’t carful and then wear them, they get into your skin! (

We found it on Sunday August 25 2013 on my back but at first we weren’t sure what it was. Mummy thought maybe it was a boil, daddy started to look at pictures on the Internet.

As it grew, is was quite painful since it was getting bigger and bigger and the area on my back was getting red. We tried to pop a dob of Vaseline on it to see if the worm would stick his head out, but nothing happened.

The suckign coke bottle trick

On Monday Daddy stuck a warm coke bottle around the worm then cooled it down in the hope that it would create suction and suck the worm out. Unfortunately it didn’t work.

The area was sore and itchy and I can’t tell you how, but I managed to scratch the area. Mummy thought that the worm was trying to escape, but we weren’t sure and so stuck a plaster over the area to stop it from getting infected.

This was exciting! Although I couldn’t see it, Mummy was checking out the area to see if I needed a new plaster. She saw a little thing sticking out the side of the plaster! She took the plaster off and there it was, the worm had started to crawl out of my back! Daddy took a picture so I could see.

We tried the coke bottle trick again; mummy said it was interesting to watch the worm go from lying down to sticking straight up out of my back. However, the suction wasn’t good enough to get the worm out L Mummy had a quick try with some tweezers but couldn’t’ get a good enough grip to get him out. Next daddy tried to squeeze it out like other people do, it REALLY hurt and I roared like a lion, but the worm didn’t come out L. Daddy dried the area and the worm and the tweezers with a bit of kitchen towel and then he tried with the tweezers and got the worm out!

Mummy and I had a good time looking at the worm though a mini microscope. It turns out that there was a little black thing on the end of the worm but I couldn’t tell what it was. When mummy looked she told me it looked like a hook that maybe the worm uses to get under my skin! We also saw something that looked like eyes!

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