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Children with Recurrent Urinary Tract Infection. - What Can I Do To Prevent Further Infection?

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Cartoon of the toilet

You have probably already received some information about this already but in case not, the following would be advised:

    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 treatment for your child. A healthy eating diet which includes high fibre food such as wholemeal bread, wholewheat cereals with fresh fruit and vegetables should be encouraged.

Sometimes laxatives may be prescribed for your child but these are not the answer in the long term.

  1. Encourage your child to drink plenty and EMPTY THE BLADDER adequately. Sometimes children have to be reminded to use the toilet every 2-3 hours. Also check that your child is using the toilet at break-time at school.
  2. 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 it is generally advised you avoid these in young children suffering recurrent problems.
  3. Also in young girls proper wiping from front to back after they have been to the toilet may also be important.
  4. Try to ensure that your child wears loose cotton underwear rather than tight nylon underwear.
  5. In young boys the foreskin may be a source of infection and this area should be kept clean.
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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. 123: What Can I Do To Prevent Further Infection? written: 16/07/2004 last reviewed: 14/11/2020