My 4 year old daughter has a UTI. I'm nervous about the effects it may have on her.

Jamie - posted on 03/08/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 4 year old daughter has a UTI. I'm nervous that she may have had it for 2-3 weeks now, maybe longer, and I just didn't realize what it was. She is now on an antibiotic for it. I feel awful that I didn't catch it. I have been reading up on it, and I am "freaking out". Okay, not totally, but I am SO nervous. I have read about kids who get UTI's are at a higher risk for kidney problems. They say if it goes undetected for awhile that it can cause life long problems. I'm worried that by me not noticing before now, I may have caused long term problems. I hope it was caught soon enough. They are sending it in for a culture, and the doc says not to worry, but I'm super nervous I have read that only 3% of kids get UTI's. That is low, so I'm not sure how many of you have dealt with this. If anyone knows more, or has dealt with the same thing, I would appreciate advice or how it worked out for you all. I am new to this website, so I appreciate your repsonse in advance! Thanks!!!!

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Louise - posted on 03/08/2011

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Keara is quite right Cranberry juice are a natural preventative for this happening again. The internet is a dangerous place because we can miss read things and worry our selves half to death. relax your daughter is fine and you have treated her with antibiotics so she is on the men. I very much doubt she will have any long lasting affects. At her age she is old enough to tell you if it hurts when she wees so if you suspect next time ask her and then you can treat things earlier.

Keara - posted on 03/08/2011

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Hey, I know it seems huge but a UTI isn't really that big... it may say that only 3% of kids get them but i'd say those are only the ones that are reported... if it took you that long to realize there was an infection, how many go completely undetected? Most of the time it will just go away on its own after a while. I honestly wouldn't worry too much about it until you get word back from the doctor. Just because they are at a higher risk after having a UTI doesn't mean that they will have kidney problems. I haven't experienced a UTI in a child but i work with physically disabled adults and it seems like a very regular thing for some of them and there haven't been any major side effects. Give her lots of water and cranberry juice if she'll drink it, or you can get cranberry vitamins that help prevent it from happening again. This is just my opinion based on my experience, and you should always ask your doctor and do what they tell you, but cranberries flush the urinary tract. Good Luck

Staci - posted on 03/08/2011

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Ok first of all Jamie - breathe, relax and stop researching it on the internet. My daughter got UTI's (plural - more than one) when she was little due to bubble baths - didn't figure out that was what caused it at first? She took the antibiotics - it cleared up and she is now 19 years old and perfectly fine. I'm sure your daughter will be just fine as well :)

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