We had a very scary experience this summer – our 5 year old daughter was hospitalized with a kidney infection and dehydration after getting a very aggressive Urinary Tract Infection.
As it always seems to be the case, I first noticed her symptoms on Saturday when the doctor’s office was closed. I also waited until Monday to take her to the doctor’s because she didn’t have a fever. Looking back on it, I should have taken her to a walk in clinic at the first sign of the UTI.
Here are a few tips to help prevent UTIs:
- Make sure your child drinks plenty of water and other clear fluids – especially in warm weather.
- Call a time out! Kids are so busy playing that they often have no interest in stopping what they are doing to go to the bathroom. Encourage frequent breaks.
- Remind your child of the importance of taking the time to wipe correctly and properly (front to back) even if they are in a hurry to get back to their friends.
- Avoid bubble baths or long soapy baths.
- Eating blueberries and drinking cranberry juice have been recommended for better urinary tract health.
If your child shows symptoms of a UTI including frequent and painful urination, fever, and general discomfort, don’t wait. Call your family doctor immediately.
Luckily for us, our daughter did not suffer any long term effects from her infection and subsequent hospitalization, but we are much more aware of her fluid intake now.