Mom of two Kristen Bell got real about getting pinworms from her toddler
Actress Kristen Bell is known for her realness about everything from those sexy postpartum mesh undies to her relationship with her husband Dax Shepard, but she took openness to the next level recently when she talked about a case of anal worms.
Yes, anal worms. As in, worms. In your butt.
The butt worm talk went down after Bell appeared on an episode of The Joel McHale Show. After they finished taping, with cameras blessedly still rolling, Bell launched into a story about how her daughter, 2-year-old Delta, gave her “anal worms.”
If your household has thankfully been spared the horror of anal worms, here’s what you’ve missed. Pinworms are tiny pin-shaped worms that live in, well, people’s colons and rectums. Female pinworms move down into the anus to lay their eggs, which causes a whole lot of itching down there. Because their eggs are so tiny, they can easily be spread by touch or even breathing in their eggs, according to WebMD. That’s right, breathing in their eggs.
But back to Bell. In the midst of a joke by host Joe McHale about how she had feline leukemia, Bell turned serious. “I did have anal worms two weeks ago, I swear to god,” she told him. “They’re called pinworms.”
She explained to McHale that she visited her daughter’s preschool recently and noticed all of the carpets were gone. When she asked why, they told her that there was a breakout of pinworms. Like all of us, Bell immediately began Googling pinworms and discovered that one of the tell-tale signs of an infestation is kids scratching their butts. (Parents, take note!)
Sure enough, she started watching her daughter’s poop for worms and soon found a tiny, white worm.
But wait, there’s more. In case it wasn’t bad enough that her toddler had worms, Bell got them too. Isn’t it sweet how our kids always share everything with us? While she assured McHale having pinworms wasn’t painful, she told him “it was very itchy.”
Before she left, she had one last gift for McHale. She mentioned that her entire family had to be treated for pinworms because they’re so contagious, and then reached for a huge handshake. “Good to be here, Joel,” she quipped as he recoiled in horror.
Only a national treasure like Bell could bring the humor to butt worms. Watch the full video clip here, if you’re up for it.