Preventing Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) in Children

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common among children. In fact, by age five about 8% of girls and about 1-2% of boys have had at least one. In a previous blog, we covered the basics of UTIs: what they are, signs and symptoms, and different treatment options. Now, we are here to give you some tips to help you prevent your child from developing a UTI.boy-drinking-from-bottle

  • Frequent diaper changes.
  • Good hygiene after every bowl movement.
  • Wiping front to rear (especially for girls).
  • Don’t “hold it” when they have to urinate.
  • Relax and take their time when urinating.
  • Avoid bubble baths and strong soaps.
  • Wear cotton underwear and panties.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and empty the bladder often.

Urinary tract infections are very treatable, if caught early. If you think your child might be suffering from a UTI, contact your pediatrician or make an appointment with Children’s Urology by calling (512) 472-6134.

(Adapted from KidsHealth.org and Cincinnati Children’s)

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