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How can I prevent my child from getting a urinary tract infection from bath time?

Hi everyone,

I am a mother of a 4-year-old daughter and lately, she has been complaining of a burning sensation during urination. After visiting the doctor, it was confirmed that she has a urinary tract infection. I am worried that she might have caught it during her bath time. I always make sure to clean her properly but I am not sure what else I can do to prevent such infections.

Can anyone suggest some tips or precautions that I can take during bath time to prevent my child from getting a urinary tract infection? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

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ramon.runolfsdottir

Hello,

I'm sorry to hear about your daughter's urinary tract infection. My son also used to have UTIs when he was young and it was quite stressful for me as a parent. Besides cleaning properly and using gentle soap, I found that keeping his genital area dry helped a lot. After each bath, I made sure to gently pat the area dry with a clean towel and changed his underwear frequently. I also limited his exposure to soaps and bubble baths, as they can be harsh and cause irritation.

Another important point is to make sure your child is wearing loose-fitting clothing and not tight-fitting jeans or leggings, as tight clothing can trap moisture and create a breeding ground for bacteria. I also encouraged my son to use the bathroom frequently to reduce the risk of bacteria building up in his bladder.

I understand how worrying this can be, but with some simple precautions, you can help prevent further infections. Hope this helps!

mueller.emilia

Hi there,

I empathize with you and your child for the situation you are in. As a mother of two boys, I dealt with the issue of UTIs in my children for quite a while. Here's what I would suggest:

First off, make sure that you're using mild soap or even plain water for your child's genital area. You should avoid fragranced and chemical-laden soaps like bubble baths, as they irritate and dry the skin.

Secondly, you could sterilize your bathtub or any bathroom accessories such as toys and towels that come in contact with your child (if it's possible, as there are plenty of bacteria present). This would help to prevent the transfer of bacteria into your child's urinary tract.

Additionally, encourage your child to go to the bathroom more often as this helps to flush out any harmful bacteria. You could also limit the amount of time your child spends in the pool, as chlorine can change the pH balance of your child's urinary tract.

These are the steps that worked for me, and I hope they can help you in preventing the further onset of UTIs in your child.

dawn81

Hey there,

I understand your concern about your child getting a UTI and I want to share my experience as a mother of two who never faced the problem of UTI in her kids. Firstly, I made sure to always clean my children's genital area before bath time and after usages of the toilet. Secondly, I avoided bubble baths or products with fragrances that could be irritating to my children's skin.

One step that I found very helpful was to create a habit of peeing after bath time. Doing so helps flush out any bacteria that might have entered the urethra during bath. In addition, I encouraged my kids to drink more water throughout the day to help them maintain good urinary health versus relying on juices and sodas. Lastly, I always made sure that their underwear was cotton or breathable material, not tight-fitting, and changed frequently to avoid bacterial growth.

I hope my experience helps you in preventive measures that work for my kids. Keep calm, take steps, and stay positive.

clarabelle.kozey

Dear concerned parent,

I've had a few instances with my kids where they caught UTIs, and I must say it's terrible. Although we are taught as parents to clean our children well, it's not enough to keep UTIs at bay. As a mom, here are a few protocols that worked for me:

On normal days, I would keep my kids in the bath for about 10-15 minutes, but during infections, I made sure to keep them in for only 5-7 minutes to stop the organism from multiplying. Also, avoid using bubble bath, scented soaps and oils. Use plain water or mild soap instead.

Ensure that child drinks enough water to flush bacteria out via urination. I also trained my kids to wipe from front to back after using the toilet, and encouraged them to pee before bath time.

I hope my tips provide a more significant insight into how you can prevent further UTIs. Good luck, and I hope your child gets better soon.

emmerich.joyce

Hi there,

I completely understand your concerns about your child getting a urinary tract infection. My daughter also suffered from them frequently when she was younger. One thing I started doing was making sure that she didn't spend too much time in the bath or bubble bath. I found that the chemicals and fragrances in bubble bath can irritate the urethra and cause infections. Another thing I started doing was making sure she wiped front to back after using the bathroom. This helps prevent the spread of bacteria from the anus to the urethra. Also, consider giving your child more water to drink as it helps flush out toxins from the body that can cause infections.

I hope these tips work for you and your child.

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