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What should I do if my toddler is showing signs of a urinary tract infection during potty training?

Hi everyone,

I'm a first-time mom and currently going through the potty training stage with my 2-year-old daughter. However, I've noticed that she's been showing signs of discomfort and pain during urination, which makes me suspect she may have a urinary tract infection.

I'm not quite sure what to do in this situation. Should I take her to the doctor right away or wait it out and try some home remedies? I want to make sure she's comfortable and healthy during this process, but I also don't want to jump the gun and overreact.

Has anyone else experienced this with their toddler during potty training? What did you do and what advice do you have for me? Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

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uhammes

Hi there,

I went through a similar situation with my son when he was potty training. He was showing signs of discomfort during urination, including crying and complaining of pain. We took him to the doctor right away and it turned out he had a UTI.

The doctor recommended antibiotics and also suggested that we avoid giving him any sugary drinks or foods as they can make the infection worse. We also made sure to encourage him to go to the bathroom frequently to help flush out the bacteria.

In addition to this, we tried to make the bathroom environment as comfortable and appealing as possible for him. We brought in some fun bathroom toys and books to help distract him during the process. This helped him feel more relaxed and confident during potty training.

I hope this helps you in some way. Remember to stay calm and patient through the process, UTIs can be treated with antibiotics and your toddler will be back to happy and healthy potty training in no time.

marvin.cole

Hi everyone,

I had a similar experience with my daughter when she was potty training. She was experiencing discomfort during urination and was feeling irritable all the time. I suspected it was a UTI and took her to the doctor right away.

The doctor confirmed that it was indeed a UTI and prescribed antibiotics for her. Along with that, we made sure that she was drinking plenty of water to help flush out the bacteria from her system.

During this period, we had to be extra patient and gentle with her while she was trying to learn how to use the potty. We took frequent breaks to allow her to empty her bladder and made sure she was comfortable throughout the process.

If you're experiencing something similar, I would recommend taking your toddler to the doctor just to be sure. UTIs can get worse if left untreated and it's always better to be safe than sorry.

Hope this helps!

garry35

Hello,

I'm sorry to hear that your toddler is dealing with a possible UTI during potty training. It's definitely a difficult time to be managing infections on top of teaching your little one how to use the potty.

While I can't recommend specific treatments for UTIs, I wanted to share our experience with managing bladder and urinary tract issues with our toddler. He had some problems with frequent urination, which our pediatrician recommended managing by making sure he was drinking plenty of water and eliminating acidic foods from his diet (like citrus, tomatoes, etc.). Our doctor also advised cutting back on sugary drinks and taking frequent bathroom breaks which has helped alleviate our child's discomfort.

That being said, if your toddler is exhibiting pain, a fever, or other symptoms of an infection, I would definitely get them checked out by a medical professional. Early treatment can prevent more serious complications later on.

Good luck with the potty training and I hope your little one feels better soon!

buckridge.gunner

Hey there,

I know how frustrating and concerning it can be to deal with a UTI during potty training. My daughter experienced one too and I was at a loss on how to help her.

I tried to increase her fluid intake and make sure she was drinking plenty of water to flush out the bacteria. She was a picky eater, so we also tried to incorporate foods that were rich in Vitamin C to boost her immune system.

We also made use of sitz baths to help soothe the pain and discomfort. They don't take long to prepare and are quite beneficial in providing relief.

However, I do suggest taking your toddler to the doctor just to be safe. They may also prescribe some pain medication to help manage the symptoms.

Remember to stay patient and understanding through the process, it can be challenging but you just have to figure out what works best for your child. Good luck with the potty training and I hope your little one feels better soon!

darien.carter

Hi there,

I've gone through something similar with my toddler during potty training. She also showed signs of a urinary tract infection, such as crying during urination and frequent urges to go. I took her to the doctor right away and it turned out she did indeed have an infection.

The doctor prescribed antibiotics and with some extra care during the potty training process, my daughter was able to recover and continue with potty training without any issues.

I would highly recommend taking your toddler to the doctor to get checked out just in case. Urinary tract infections can be serious if left untreated and can even lead to kidney damage. In the meantime, make sure your daughter is drinking plenty of fluids to flush out any bacteria and avoid any harsh soaps or bath products that can irritate the area.

Hope this helps!

clyde.bosco

Hello there,

I completely understand your concern for your toddler. It may be difficult to decipher whether your little one has a UTI or not during the potty training stage, but there are some things that can help ease the discomfort they are experiencing.

A natural remedy that has worked for me in the past is cranberry juice. It contains properties that help ward off bacteria from the urinary tract. However, only give your toddler pure cranberry juice and try to limit their intake as excess sugar can lead to further infections.

In addition to that, you can try to encourage your daughter to pee frequently to help flush out any bacteria present in the urinary tract.

But if you notice any further symptoms, such as a fever, blood in the urine or excessive crying, it is best to take her to the doctor immediately. The doctor may prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection and with a little extra care, your daughter will be back to potty training in no time.

I hope this helps!

zspencer

Hi everyone,

I went through a similar situation with my daughter when she was potty training. She was showing signs of discomfort and pain during urination, and I suspected a UTI.

We took her to the doctor, and while the UTI test came back negative, the doctor suggested she may be experiencing some irritation from wiping with dry toilet paper. We switched to using wet wipes for her and made sure they were free of any harsh chemicals or fragrances.

Along with this, we made sure she was wearing comfortable cotton underwear that wasn't causing any irritation in the genital area. By taking these steps, her discomfort went away and she was able to continue with potty training without any issues.

If you suspect a UTI, it's always best to consult with a medical professional. However, I also wanted to share my experience to suggest that sometimes the issue may not be an infection but rather an irritant that's causing discomfort.

I hope this helps!

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