My 3 year old keeps getting UTI's and yeast infections. Anyone have advice on what is going on?

Leslie - posted on 03/13/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My husband got deployed a month ago and since then my 3 yr old daddy's girl has been suffering from chronic yeast infections and has had 2 UTI's. I feel like I'm missing something. Anyone have any advice?

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Iridescent - posted on 03/13/2010

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It's a really easy problem! Don't feel bad. First, request testing to see if the cause is urine retention or kidney reflux. It's simple, and can save her a lot of health problems later if it's diagnosed now.



Second, any time she is prescribed an antibiotic, request an oral antifungal to be prescribed in conjunction with it to start 3 days later. The yeast infections are a result of good bacteria which keeps the tissue's pH in balance being killed off, which allows her good yeast to overgrow. It's a very delicate balance.



Third, is she fully recovering from each UTI, or is it pretty continual? If she is having one after another, request they do a C&S (culture and sensitivity) of every UA when they test for infection, and 7-10 days after being done with the antibiotic that they do another to make sure it is clear. This is NOT just a UA. Also, call and request results 48 hours after the urine is tested, making certain she is on an antibiotic the infection is "sensitive" to.



Next, offer 4 ounces of cranberry juice per day. It can be mixed with apple or grape, and plain or mixed are both available at the store. More than 4 ounces has been proven to have no additional benefit.



Last, if you can identify when she has an active yeast infection by smell and look, request Nystatin Powder on hand at all times, and Nystatin/Bactroban ointment. The ointment works to keep things in balance, use it at the start of an infection. The powder is just for the yeast, use it when it's full blown.

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Hi - my daughter now 5 had a similar problem with the yeast and we had a test of the region done. It showed what they called an overproduction of the normal "flora" in the area. I was not given a reason why this would have occured but with a short course of a cream called hydrozole(a white cream that was painless) everything cleared up. On the odd occasion she does now say her VG is sore now I just whip out the hydrozole or canesten and usually only have to apply it once and she is fine. I would be sure to see your GP/child health nurse about it. Good luck!K!

Kate CP - posted on 03/13/2010

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Well, first off I would suggest you find a pediatric gynocologist. Yes they exist and for exactly this reason. Second, make sure all her pants and panties are all cotton, not too tight, and don't let her sit in her training pants (if she wears them) longer than over-night. Thirdly: NO MORE BUBBLE BATHS!!!! That can cause yeast infections and UTIs. Fourth: Get some live, active culture yogurt. Honestly, just about ALL yogurt has live, active cultures. Yoplait makes yummy yogurt (my daughter likes Keylime pie flavor) and it's got live cultures in it. A container of yogurt a day will help balances stuff out for her, too. And lastly, no more caffeine if she was ever getting any and push clear fluids. If she's a swimmer make sure her suit comes off the moment she's out of the pool.

Good luck!

Donna - posted on 03/13/2010

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A child can get a yeast infection from being bathed with someone who has one.As for UTI's I cured my sons by giving him cranberry pills and taking him off caffiene.

Danielle - posted on 03/19/2010

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I know you're probably already doing this but make sure she's wiping properly every time she takes a pee. My friend's 7 year old daughter was constantly getting UTI's and we discovered it was because she wasn't wiping at all.

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Abbie - posted on 03/18/2010

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These ladies have all said what I was thinking....lol bubble baths are a killer!! I am an adult and I can't take a bath with any soap in the water, also any antibiotic is an automatic yeast infection for me. Also have you changed your laundry soap lately? If she is potty trained what about letting her sleep "open" at night? drying her bottom after ever bathroom use can help too.

Tracy - posted on 03/18/2010

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I remember when my babies got thrush(I was breastfeeding) the drs would suspect that perhaps I was eating more sweets, which helps the production of yeast to grow as well. So try an cut out sweet items. The active culture(asidophylis)(sp) is found in yogurt, but you need to eat alot of it to make it productive. I myself have used the cranberry pills, while prego, seemed to have been more prone to them when pregnant.
im not sure the idea that dads gone is really causing the issues, but maybe a possibly a little stressed, which could be weaking the immune system. hope your lil one feels better soon!

Rhonda - posted on 03/17/2010

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Do not use harsh chemicals to clean the tub.If they are not rinsed away good it will cause infections. My daughter had the problem.Girls are very prone even to much soap in the bath water.

Adrienne - posted on 03/17/2010

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I had a dr tell us that little girls get them from bubble baths. taking them to often i believe so my daughter only gets them every few baths. Also that is the age for potty training. learing to wipe themselves from front to back is very hard and when she is learning to do it herself it is best to go behind her and clean her with a wipe. thats a big problem with infections

Jeanne - posted on 03/13/2010

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I would definately recommend giving her cranberry juice often. If she drinks the cranberry juice often enough the infections should stay away...and she will probly just grow out of it soon, a lot of children go through this for a period of time at this age, its very normal...especially for little girls! Good luck and i hope she gets feeling better soon! :)

Lindsey - posted on 03/13/2010

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one of my nieces has the same problem and i think her mom finally figured out that it was from her underwear and pants being too tight in the area and also too much moisture in that area. she switched to all cotton pants and shorts that were more breatheable.

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