Urinary tract infection 4 month old

Maura - posted on 02/25/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 4 month old was having diarreah and fevers on and off for about a month I took her into the docs twice, the second time they figured out that it was a urinary tract infection, but now they have me all worried. The doc said it was rare for a child this yound to get UTIs and now they are going to run more tests to see if its her kidneys...so I was just wondering if anyone else has had this problem and how it turned out.

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Cynthia - posted on 03/14/2010

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You might want to add a small bottle of 1/4 cranberry/pomegranate juice to 3/4 cooled boiled water. Cranberry juice will help prevent the bacteria from sticking to the bladder enabling the urine to flush the bacteria from her body,
Make sure you changer her diapers frequently once every hour or two MAX not more than this, it is so easy with todays highly absorbent disposables to leave them on for longer but it is a bad idea because they are a breeding ground for bacteria. It may perhaps be better to go to a cloth diaper until she is mobile so she will let you know immediately when she is wet. It may seem a pain to have to have diaper pails and the extra washing but it may be a life saver for her long term if it will help cut down on UTI 's over time.
Some times babies have a shorter than normal ureter which increases the likely hood of kidney infections..

Kristy - posted on 02/26/2010

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Hi my little girl also had alot of issues with UTI's, and i do agree if she had diarreah that can cause some of it and Ecoli is a common cause. The fevers are all part and parcel of the UTI's so dont panic about them to much just maintain on keeping them down and controlled. I was never told it was rare in any way for this age range and i was also never told till around 12 months that it causes Failure to Thrive which is what happened with my little girl, she dropped 3 and a half percentials on the charts in 6 months.

After that occured she was also sent for an ultrasound of her kidneys, this is very routine and painless for the little ones. Its mainly done to make sure her kidneys arent getting any scar tissue on them as this stops them working properly. My little girl is now 4 and will get the odd one maybe once a year, her kidneys are all fine. Just make sure that when they give you the antibiotics that you finish the course completely. If they have given you penicillin it may not work if it is caused by Ecoli, you need eymicyn you would need to check the equivilent if you are in the US. Good luck and dont panic to much it happens to more then you would think, you may need to also start watching her diet somethings can set it off more then others

Iridescent - posted on 02/25/2010

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Since she had diarrhea before getting the UTI, it's possible she got the UTI from diarrhea going up to the front of the diaper and getting in her bladder that way. Did they do a culture and sensitivity to find out the bacteria that caused it? If so, they'd be able to tell easily if that's the issue (it would be e.coli).

Other causes are bubble baths (as stated by someone else), wiping from back to front, concentrated urine (not drinking enough), retaining urine, kidney reflux. I have major kidney problems and have had frequent UTIs from it my whole life. Now I have had kidney failure and permanent kidney damage is done, which causes me to develop sepsis (a life threatening infection) with 24 hours of getting a bladder infection. I've had several kidney surgeries and been hospitalized for it many times. More testing as a child would have prevented this! It's worth doing the tests.

Cynthia - posted on 02/25/2010

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Change diaper more frequently while your waiting also change to cloth if you are using disposables. The new disposables hold some much more fluid and if you have a child who doesn't mind sitting in a poopy one waiting for you to notice (I had one like this) she could indeed end up with a UTI.

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LUISA - posted on 06/09/2012

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hi there i have a 4 month old baby girl who has had direa fevers for the longest her fever got so high she had seizure from it was taken to emergency there ran sum test found she has UTI bladder infection when she was seein her regular dr today they told me too its rare usually at there age they get UTI its because their kidneys or liver not functioning properly all the more to give me worries. they plan do ultra soud for her she so tiny. she had 3 days diarea then 2 days she went into severe consipation i never seen such young baby in so much pain. if you have gotten result from ur daughter can you pass them on im so worried for mi lil one. now she gone 2 days she wont eat no formula no pedilite nothing they check her 2-3 times week be sure she not getting dehdrated im worried for her she so little to be sick like this. hope ur lil one is feeling better

Maura - posted on 02/26/2010

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thanks for your input! For the changing the diaper she gets changed every hour and of course right after she poops and they did do a culture and gave us bactrum she seems to be feeling better it seemed to be harder on me than it was on her! we'll hopefully be done w/ this issue on the 2nd!
thanks again!!

Mandi - posted on 02/25/2010

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My best friend has a little girl ever since she was young she kept having re occurring UTIs. We finally found out that bubble bath can cause UTIs in little girls. We cut out the bubble bath and it worked. I'm not sure if you have a boy or a girl but maybe this will help I hope! Good luck :)

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