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Urinary Tract Infection in Children - Can I prevent my child from getting further infections?

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There are a number of things you can do to prevent further infections.

  1. AVOIDING CONSTIPATION - children who are constipated may not empty their bladder very well. Often parents do not know that their children are constipated but if you suspect it then ask for advice about dietary treatments for your child. Sometimes laxatives may be prescribed for your child.
  2. Encourage your child to drink plenty and EMPTY THE BLADDER adequately. Sometimes children have to be reminded to use the toilet regularly and check that your child is using the toilet at break-time at school. As a guide you should encourage your child to go to the toilet every 2-3 hours.
  3. In young girls it is important to AVOID ANY IRRITANTS in the vaginal area. Sometimes bubble bath and soaps can be such an irritant and we generally advise you to avoid these in young children suffering recurrent problems.
  4. Also in young girls proper wiping from front to back after they have been to the toilet may also be important.
  5. Try to ensure that your child wears loose cotton underwear rather than tight nylon underwear.
  6. In young boys the foreskin may be a source of infection and this area should be kept clean.
  7. Urine infections are more common when young women become sexually active. Please check with your nurse and doctor for advice.
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Content compiled by members of the Children’s Renal & Urology Unit, QMC Campus, Nottingham University Hospitals.

The National Kidney Federation cannot accept responsibility for information provided. The above is for guidance only. Patients are advised to seek further information from their own doctor.

NKF Controlled Document No. 160: Can I prevent my child from getting further infections? written: 06/05/2005 last reviewed: 14/11/2020