by Marshaneil Soumi D’ Rozario|5th December, 2019
You will be shocked to know that a urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common phenomenon in children. Yes, you have heard it right! Bacteria that tend to enter the urethra are eliminated through urination. But, when the bacteria aren’t flushed out of the urethra, they grow inside the urinary tract and can lead to an infection. Your child may suffer from a UTI if the bacteria from the skin of the child may climb up the urinary tract. Here, how children wipe after using the loo can make a lot of difference. Holding pee for a long time can also be the cause. Moreover, one of the most common reasons children suffer from UTIs may be E. coli that tends to originate in the intestines. Dr Jagdish Kathwate, Consultant, Paediatrics & Neonatology, Motherhood Hospital, Kharadi, Pune talks about ways to keep UTI at bay for childrens.
How you can lower the chances of UTIs
1. Ensure that you fully empty the bladder
When children fail to empty their bladder, completely by holding up the urine, the body tightens the bladder muscles in the middle of peeing, and this is why they stop early. So, moms, you must see to it that your children double pee and empty the bladder completely.
2. Proper wiping is essential
Wiping thoroughly is the need of the hour. Keep the bottom area clean and see to it that your child avoids reusing tissues that are already used or wiping the bottom and the area from where the pee comes out (urethral area). Use good products which are clinically approved
3. Use the right clothes
Mothers make sure that your children wear cotton clothes, especially cotton underpants which allow air circulation down there. Wearing skinny jeans and tight clothes is a strict no-no. Doing so will not allow for good circulation and can be a perfect breeding ground for the bacteria which cause infection. Furthermore, if the children cannot control when they go to the loo, their undergarments should be changed frequently as the moisture down there can lead to the growth of bacteria which may put the children at the risk of UTIs.
4. Stay hydrated
Make your children drink water from time to time. Children should drink water and empty their bladder frequently as the bladder is happiest when it flushes out the toxins. Are you aware? Dark urine may invite burning sensations and make children want to hold it which is not advisable.
5. Give up on those bubble baths
Bid adieu to bubble baths. Yes, they can cause UTIs! Those bubble baths full of frothy soap can cause skin irritation in children and around the genital area too. You should give your children regular baths or shower.
6. See that your kids are not constipated
Along with holding the pee, few children also hold their stools. When the stool is present in the lower part of the colon, the bacteria are near one’s urethra. Thus, it is vital to have a regular bowel movement.
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