Kristen Bell: I got pinworms from my daughter, who caught them at school

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard often overshare and are perfect together because they don’t give a sh-t if the other one talks smack. Unfortunately they discuss their marital issues so much that their relationship sounds like it’s on the brink. The last we heard from Kristen she was telling a story about how Dax had to suck milk out of her breast when she got a clogged duct from nursing. Well now she’s talking about having pinworms, which are little white worms that very contagious, somewhat harmless but annoying and are easily treatable. They live in your intestines, can cause itching and can be seen in your poo. Kids often get them and in Kristen’s case she caught them from her three year-old daughter, Delta, who got them at preschool.

Kristen said this as an addendum to Joel McHale’s new Netflix show. (It opened with a segment about hemorrhoids, so it was perhaps topical.) I watched the entire latest episode hoping to see this, but it’s a YouTube extra. The Joel McHale show has almost the exact format as The Soup and if you liked that show you’ll like this. We need someone to skewer all the reality shows. Here’s what she said and you can see the video below.

I had anal worms. They’re called pinworms… [It wasn't painful] but it was very itchy…

Your kids get ‘em because they put their hands in their mouth and they lay eggs. I noticed at our preschool all the carpets were gone… and they were like ‘oh we’re having them cleaned… pinworm case.’

I of course immediately googled it and it’s so contagious. Of course my three year old [was itchy] for a week. You have to look in their poop and wipe their butt. I wiped, saw a little white worm. I know. She’s really gross.

Then I later that day was like ‘f-ck.’ Then everyone in the family has to take the chalky nonsense from the drug store. I don’t think anyone got it but me that time.

[From The Joel McHale show's YouTube channel]

I had these when I was a kid more than once, they’re not fun. These are minor league parasites compared to some of the other f-ed up creatures that can live in your intestines. I don’t think there should be a stigma associated with these or any parasite, like lice – they’re common, kids get them, there’s nothing you can do except treat them and clean. I doubt I would talk about it if I was famous though. I wouldn’t tell people most of the sh-t that Kristen does, but that’s her brand now. Imagine her singing “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” except with the lyrics “Do You Want to See My Pinworms?”

Note that Kristen and Dax spearheaded the “no kids” initiative for paparazzi to stop taking pictures of kids. That’s done a lot of good for the children of celebrities. How do you think their daughter is going to feel in 7-10 years when she realizes her mom told this story?

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I think this is how they got their vacation comped:
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Photos are screenshots from Joel McHale’s Netflix show and also credit: Getty and Instagram/Kristen Bell

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    • Lahdidahbaby says:

      Omg YES! LALALALALALALA territory!

      PS) She dresses all wrong for her body type! Someone so shortwaisted is not well served in that high-waisted purple skirt with the contrasting (clashing?) top (horrendous outfit, anyway), and ditto that boxy white crop top with the flounce around her midriff. She looks good in the swimsuit shot, where her nice shape is evident. There, I’ve completed my fashion critique. Carry on.

  1. Jenns says:

    I avoid Kristen/Dax stories because I find them annoying and don’t really care. BUT…I just got caught up on The Good Place and OMG I love that show and I love her on it. And I didn’t realize how much I missed Ted Danson.

    • anna222 says:

      Yes to Danson – wherever that dude is I am there. Kristen Bell annoys the hell out of me because she is happy to spill every detail of her and her children’s lives when she’s selling something, but the rest of the time it is the whole “won’t someone think of the children” routine.

    • lucy2 says:

      I LOVE LOVE LOVE The Good Place. It is such a great show, and the whole cast is fantastic. Janet is my favorite though. Not a robot.

      I like Kristen. I probably always will. I think she can definitely be TMI, over the top sometimes, but I think she has a good heart and really cares about a lot of causes.
      While I do wish she (and many other celebrities) would give their kids a bit more privacy and not overshare so much, there is a big difference between someone like her telling a story and having paparazzi in a kid’s face hounding them.
      I forget who it was, but I just heard an actress talking about how much better things are now regarding paparazzi and kids, so whatever she and the other celebrity moms did has had a positive change for the kids.

    • Anna Flynn says:

      Count me in as another fan of The Good Place! It’s my comedy in years

  2. BearcatLawyer says:

    But…but…Kristen and Dax just want their private lives to be private and for everyone [except them] to leave the kiddies alone!

    Reading this my eyes rolled so far back in my head that I checked out my own butt. Definitely need more time in the gym. Hmph.

  3. Sabrine says:

    I doubt the kids will get teased about this in 10 years as by then nothing will be off limits. I didn’t realize pinworms were still happening these days. Many years ago every so often my mother would buy medicine in a bottle and we had to drink the whole thing to “de-worm” us just in case we might have them.

  4. Igotbiglipsandicannotlie says:

    I don’t have an issue with her telling this story b/c uncensored mommyhood is her thing but for me, personally-no. I would take that to the grave.

  5. Chrissy says:

    It is pretty common for kids to get pinworms. My nephew had them. They do not get them from school though, they get them from touching their own bums and putting hands in mouth. YUM.

  6. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Well that’s disgusting. Never had lice or pinworms as a child. My Mom was fanatical about us washing our hands. And I was never one to put my hands in my mouth anyway.

    • starkiller says:

      Cleanliness has nothing to do with picking up lice—in fact, it actually works against you, because head lice prefer a cleaner head…the dirtier your hair, the less likely you are to pick up head lice. If you didn’t get them as a child that’s down to pure luck, not your fastidious cleanliness.

    • CairinaCat says:

      You just got lucky.
      Common places to get pin worms is sand boxes, pets, other kids
      And you don’t have to touch your butt, you breathe in the eggs.
      And lice likes clean hair best, easier for the lice and eggs to stick to the hair shaft.
      So you were LUCKY

  7. Nancy says:

    Well I guess she felt the need to share her story, don’t know why. She hosted the SAG’s or some award show and in the promo, tried so hard to be amusing and I just stared at the tv waiting. She walks away from the camera with her gown stuck in her butt. Unfortunately for her, that little scenario has played out a million times before her with more success. TMI, not funny, over her, never was into her. The end.

  8. Spicecake38 says:

    I got pink eye from my daughter and her pre -K classmates years ago.I don’t think I’d share about intestinal issues on TV.Kristin is 37( I just googled it)I think she is immature acting for her age.I’ve said before on here that she is young with young kids,and has a lot to learn about marriage,parenting,etc.,no offense to the young moms out there,I’m just 42 not much older than she,but I don’t need her TMI to help me in my life in any way, I can tell people so much more than Kristin could because I’ve been married longer,have a ninth grade daughter,been a nurse dealing with many real issues of my patients,have autoimmune disease,and soon to undergo surgery for breast cancer.I’m doing fine,my life is real,my life is good even through tough times.Sorry to ramble,but just saying I think she acts like she has so much wisdom to offer,but many of us could actually tell her a thing or two 🙄Maybe I’m just bitchy today

  9. IMUCU says:

    Glad to see Joel McHale has a show again! I miss The Soup and even have a Spaghetti Cat shirt. I’ve seen his stand-up twice and he is just as funny as on TV.

  10. Ash says:

    My child got them at school and I’m a fanatical germ crazy OCD freak. It’s highly contagious and I called the pediatrician and had a full blown crazy lady meltdown and she laughed at me and told me to relax. What is the worst part is the dang laundry! You wash sheet and towels in hot everyday and basically anything you have to wash is contaminated and the eggs I guess fly into the air and land on all of the surfaces and makes your life a living hell. Even though I’m a clean freak I keep her hair semi dirty bc I cannot handle lice and when we wash it’s with the anti-lice shampoo. Kids are nasty!!! Schools are so gross! 😩

    • Nancy says:

      Ash I am just like you. Had the sudden urge to wash my clothes! Can you imagine bed bugs? All the horror stories since their resurgence. Makes the worms seem less gross. Your post cracked me up though, kids are nasty, schools are gross….LOL. I wholeheartedly agree!!!

  11. Anastasia says:

    I can’t help but think of my now grown daughter, who later in childhood developed social anxiety disorder. If she EVER, at any point, learned that I talked about looking at her poop and wiping her butt because she had ANAL WORMS as a child, she would want to die. It would permanently mortify her.

    I just hope Delta is much more easy-going about such things. Parents–don’t spill your kids’ business just because they’re little and can’t object now. Back in the day, the worst thing my mom could do is show cute pics of me in the bath to the neighbor lady or my grandparents, or tell an embarrassing anecdote about me at a company dinner with my dad. But these days? Damn. You can put ALL your kids’ embarrassing business out there!

  12. sadie77az says:

    Sloth story on Ellen- her best moment ever. THEIR best moment, her and Dax. That was the cutest thing ever.

    Pinworms also live in water for quite a while. My sister’s kids caught it from sharing a bath with their infested cousins at a family reunion. My sister who caught the infection from my other sister was so freaked out that, even after washing every surface in the house dozens of times and having the carpets, drapes and upholstered furniture cleaned still opted to move into a hotel with her husband and 4 little kids for 3 weeks. I love her, just wow. 😄

  13. PJ says:

    Speaking of worms and tv shows, did anyone else here watch ’9-1-1′ last night?? 😳 I’ll show up anywhere for Connie Britton but my God is that show PHENOMINAL and so much fun! (I just couldn’t do ‘Nashville’ after season 2.)

    Connie & Angela Bassett together on screen; what more could you ask for? :)

  14. CanadianAussi says:

    I’m glad she shared this story. It’s so gross and the idea of worms makes most of us squeamish but pinworms are super common and we should be open about it. My poor son had pinworms and we had no idea. I’d never heard of them and he suffered for months on and off because I thought he just wasn’t wiping properly and my husband thought he had hemeroids. I googled and pinworms didn’t come up so I had no idea. We never saw the worms nor was anyone else in the family itchy. Finally we went to the doctor (DH and my son both protested thinking I was over reacting!) who knew immediately what it was. Twelve hours after taking the inexpensive over the counter medication, all symptoms were gone and my son could finally sleep at night (the itch mostly only comes at night when the worms are actively laying eggs on the outside of the anus). I told our town pharmacist to stock up on Conbatrin and prepared an anonymous letter that was sent to all families in our school just in case other parents were as stupid as I was and could leave their children suffering just thinking they needed to wipe their butts better.

    I learned that pinworms are just as common as lice in elementary schools (in Canada, upper middle class catchment in our case) and far more contagious but really easy to treat.