Urine infections

Joanne - posted on 07/11/2012 ( 33 moms have responded )

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My daughter started with a urine infection 5 months ago everytime the antiobiotics finish the wee infection returns within days, she has a scan on her kidneys next will will this show a reflux as my sister had reflux when she was little how long will they leave her before they find out if it is a reflux as shes poorley burning up again with wee infection?

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Laura - posted on 07/11/2012

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Hi my sister had a lot of trouble with her daughter with urine infections for 2 1/2 years. The specialist said stay away from cranberry juice as it can tamper with urine results. Get your doctor to send you to a specialist if she has more then 5 in a row. My neice was antibiotics for the whole time, until she had an operation as her ureter was larger then normal, now at the age of 4 is really good off all antibiotics. Ensure your daughter has showers not baths, don't use any soaps like bubble bath etc. Try keep her out of the pool for a little while and check if this helps. But if it continues see a specialist cause if my sister didn't my neices kidneys would of failed. Give her also a bottle of that akult milk? I think its called every morning it is a priobiotic.

Michelle - posted on 07/11/2012

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How old is she? If she onto solids have you tried Cranberry juice and probiotic yoghurt? They can help along with the antibiotics.

Maybe even ask for a repeat of then when you get the antibiotics next time so she has takes them for twice as long to make sure hte infection is gone. Also make sure she drinks plenty of water to flush out her system.

Tonya - posted on 07/20/2012

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Hi -
use pure cranberry juice. The soar kind at the health food store, it will take care of it fast, also they come in pill form. Watch her sugar intake, this can be the biggest offense to kidneys. Drink plenty of good drinking water, distilled or purified w/o flouride. Also, Goldenseal it a good temporary solution in tea or pill form, it cleans the kidneys. By the way, the antibiotic is stripping her system of good bacteria (flora) that is why she is continuing to have urine infections. Goldenseal is a good natural antibiotic. Please get her on the pure cranberry juice soon.

Good luck, this can be cured naturally....

From your Naturopathic MOM

Sydney - posted on 07/11/2012

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Just give the girl PURE organic cranberry juice and NO sugars or caffeine. She'll be right as rain soon! Antibiotics don't work for everything and they leave your body in a weakened state. You should give her some probiotics to help her get back on track. :) Hope she feels better soon.

Sarah - posted on 07/11/2012

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My daughter had urinary reflux (vesicoureteral reflux). She was diagnosed at 8m old. She was put on daily antibiotics to prevent infection. Ask your doc about this. Incidentally we had her repaired just shy of a year.

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This sounds like a medical condition. Please don't rely on the cranberry juice concoction. Sounds like you have a scan next week. I am not sure how old your daughter is but giving juice to a young baby is dangerous. Yes, too many antibiotics can be harmful (my son now has hypoplastic teeth from ear too many antibiotics due to ear infections) but the infections/fever was more harmful than the medications. I wish I'd gone to tubes earlier. Regardless, using the juice I suppose may be ok, but don't substitute it for the medications at this point. Wait for a definitive diagnosis. If you are not happy with what this doctor says, then find another specialist who may move faster. The acidophilus suggestion sounded ok, but please run all of this by your doctor. There are many homeopathic options which are good, but can often interfere with "modern" medicines and treatments. You really need to get to the root of what is causing this problem while treating the infection as well. Good luck.....poor little kiddo!

Mara - posted on 07/15/2012

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Cranberry is the natural healer for urinary infection, introduce it as an everyday drink
100ml a day for her age, the berry can be munched up and put on rice or semolina pudding.
Shame on the doctors to put children on antibiotic. Wake up Mum's

Pam - posted on 07/15/2012

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Antibiotics open up the door for many infections afterwards--it's very common. Also, if you're giving cranberry juice, go to the health store & get real cranberry juice, not the grocery store "cocktail" with sugar (just aggravates the infection) & mix it with water &/or apple juice to make it palatable (straight cranberry juice is VERY bitter).

Pam - posted on 07/15/2012

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Get acidophilus pills (acisophilus = the active ingredient in yoghurt) open them up & mix the contents in her food or drink (or formula) 3x a day. My son had repeated yeast/urine/ear infections as a baby until we did this. Also put in Kyolic garlic pill contents. After a year of this neither of my kids ever got sick except for chicken pox (before the vaccine was routine) since then. Prescribed by a homeopathic doctor. I also took the pills myself & it has kept me healthy for decades. Refrigerate the acidophilus.



Avoid antibiotics as much as possible--especially when the kids are little or it kills immune systems because it kills the probiotics as well as the bacteria. Garlic cloves in the ears (tape em in overnight, and daytime if they'll tolerate it) for earaches avoids the "pink stuff." And it's practically free.

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What did you do for the constipation? I suffer from that a lot :S ... thanksfully it wasn't the reason for my urine infections ... or else I would still have them. But, in overall, there are many medical reasons for these type of recurrent urine infections.. and that's why the best is to go to an specialist rather than try home remedies and stuff.

Anne - posted on 07/15/2012

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My daughter had infections and a scan. She was constipated! Even though she pooed every day she was really constipated. We worked on fixing this problem and she hasn't suffered from an infection since. Also, I learnt that constipation can cause bed wetting.
Anne

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Its so sad to hear about such a little girl with that sort of pain. I had a problem with urinary infections in my early teens and it lasted years. I would go several times in a month to a doctor, they would run some tests, tell me I had an urinary infection and put me on antibiotics. At first they would do, but less than week I go to the doctor to be told I had another iunirary infection. Months and years past by and it got to the point the antibiotics would not do any effect. So I spent moths with a permanente urinary infection, I would go to doctors and doctors and doctors and had so many treatments and got no result. It got to a poing in which I got really high fever that wouldn't go away, a pain so bad it couldn't be compared to the regular urinary infection pain. And it was so bad my body wasn't holding the urine, it would just automatically come out. I finally one day got to this urologist, who run a lot of tests, he even checked my kidneys. Everything seemed okay but I had that urinary infection, he tried stretching my urinary tract which made me feel better for a while but then I just went back to having urinary infections. I was suffering ffrom such pain for so long, I actually didn't know what it felt like to be without one. I had urinary infections and I didn't even notice them for I was just so used and familiar to the symptoms. I also went to nturophathy for help but it didn't either. Finally one day I was hospitalized. I actually was hospitalized twice. They finally found the origin of my urinary infection was a really resistant E. Coli. I had to stay hospitalized for the treatment with really really strong kind of antibiotic and all my organs had to be motiroed for it was so strong they could start to malfunction or stuff... but with a week of that, I haven't had urinary infections for more than 2 years. Like in two or three occasions I've felt a mild burning sensation when I urinate, but its been due to the heat and sometimes not enough water, I drink some extra water and it was gone. And, when I've went to the doctor for any other reason and they do tedsts, I've never had an urinary infection appear. So if your'e daughter has been through this for 5 months already, I don't suggest going for cranberry juice and such. Yes it can help, but if its another kind of more complx condition ... other than a regular urinary infection it won't. And a 5 month urinary infection is already out of ordinary. She needs to be checked up, preferably by an urologist. And whatever is causing this has to be found. You can't just rely on some home remedies an dhope it goes away. It is something urgent. In my case, I was lucky that bacteria never got into my kidneys. But when its the case of bacteria and stuff, the longer you have an infection, then the more it can spread an it can go from urinary tract to bladder then to kidenys and you deffenitevly don't want that.

Ann - posted on 07/14/2012

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There is a condition called bladder reflux where your urine shoots back up into your kidneys when you pee instead of it all coming out. I had it when I was little and had to have surgery to fix mine. Two out of my 3 girls ended up with it too because it is a hereditary condition. My one daughter had the surgery at the age of five & my other daughter was 2 when she had her surgery. A procedure called a VCUG is the test that will let you know if they have reflux. My daughters are fine now but it had to be fixed with surgery.

Denise - posted on 07/14/2012

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I am so sorry! Urinary tract pain and spasm is one of the most miserable pains. I am 52 years old and have had urinary tract issues since I was a child. The first time I remember it was at age 5 when I was hospitalized. I will tell you one thing that works wonders is a probiotic. Acidophilus was the only one on the market when I was in my 30's. Before that no one knew. They have probiotics for babies and children. The one you refridgerate is best and more active. Probiotics are the good bacteria (like those in yogurt). People who have frequent urinary tract infections take a lot of antibiotics which, in turn, wipe out the good bacteria in their urinary tract and even organs in general as well as their digestive system. Then it becomes harder for them to fight off the infections and they become more frequent. The probiotics help. The other thing is reverse osmosis water, which you can buy at the grocery store in large jugs and bottles. People will tell you this is silly, but when I began only drinking and cooking with reverse osmosis water (I bought the under the sink tank filtration system -not terribly expensive). I stopped having urinary tract infections all together. If I feel one coming on, I drink cranberry juice (which you can train her to love by adding it to another sweet juice like apple juice). You only need a shot glass full several time a day to help. She might like it in her water. She does not ave to drink it straight to be effective. Just encourage her to keep drinking. Then I take two Tylenol or Ibuprophen for fever and pain (right away). I avoid the heat outside and stay in air conditioning, and take a shower to clean the area and cool the fever (no baths). Call the doctor right away even on a weekend. Have that deal with your doctor. It is not going away by itself, forget that. If you make her wait till Monday, she will be very sick in a matter of just a few hours. Well, hope this helps, because it is tips from someone who has had this issue for 40 years. Kiss her little head for me, I know she is miserable.

Keisha - posted on 07/13/2012

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First, I would consult your doctor before you make any major changes in her diet and/or adding supplements. Your child is unique and what may be ok for someone else may not be good for your daughter, your doctor knows her and her medical history and I would always consult with him first. A lot of the comments on here have great advice! Another I would add is related to hygiene/baths. A good rule is to never used bubble baths, also along with this never put soap, or a soapy rag directly in contact with her genitals. Doing so kills off good bacteria AND it is very sensitive to soaps. Best of luck and hope you find answers soon!!!

Pamela - posted on 07/13/2012

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When her fever is high you can take a half box of baking soda (original size - 8 oz) and dissolve it in a cool bath. Set her in the bath for about 20 mins. Do not leave her unattended so there will be no accidents. The baking soda will draw the fever out of her body, allowing her to release some of the toxins in her system from the urinary tract infection.



As for the acid reflux, I have no idea if such is hereditary or not. There bare so many new diagnoses out there that I tend to not pay attention as the entire "scare" and need for drugs in this country is way out of bounds.



If the infection is not being stopped by the prescribed antibiotics, then seek an alternative solution. Go to your phone book. look under physicians for ALTERNATIVE or NATUROPATH doctors whose methods may be more conducive to healing!



The highest and best to you and her! Happy healing!

Della - posted on 07/13/2012

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My sister and my daughter both were having a lot of urinary infections both for different reasons. My sister has a valve issue when she urinates the valve closes too early and leaves urine in the bladder which has bacteria that then grows. Then hours later she pees again but again her bladder never fully empties leaving the bacteria to keep growing.
My daughter was told she was eating too much cheese in her diet which was causing her bowels to press on her bladder keeping it from expelling all its contents. Since she has limited her intake of cheese and she's not had an infection in almost 3 years. 3 Years is a huge deal when she was getting them constantly. Hope the info helps. Glad to hear your getting her to a specialist. We went to Hershey Children s Hospital it was a far drive but they were really great and informative actually took the time to sit and talk with her and I. Felt kinda silly that it was my daugters insistence that all her veggies were in cheese. Her family doctor said if that's the only way to get her to eat her veggies go for it cheese isn't bad. But given that she loves not just her veggies in cheese but her other foods in cheese it was just too much!

RITA - posted on 07/13/2012

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When my daughter was 5 she started having blatter infections one after the other , after using meds. for a year I ask the doctor couldn't they find what was causeing this. So they had me take her to the hospital where they injected dye and found her blatter wasn't emptying out, so they streched her alittle and no more problem.

Sydney - posted on 07/13/2012

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BTW Young LIving OIls are tremendous! Perhaps you should consider Mary Ruth's route. They have healed MANY things for me and my family and extended family for years... just thought you should know!

Jodi - posted on 07/13/2012

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It could be a number of things.....infection, interstitial cystitis, kidneys. Get a medical diagnosis and if it is a chronic issue like cystitis, try to seek out a naturopath or homeopathic doctor for treatment. The pain associated with these conditions can be horrible, however, all traditional medicine has to treat that pain is strong pain killers which tend to have bad effects, especially on kids. Homeopaths and naturopaths have remedies that can curb the body's processes and alleviate the pain.

I have a chronic issue and was treated for years with pain meds and occasional bouts of antibiotics, now my pain and symptoms are quelled by homeopathy. It sounds like voodoo, not sure I understand it, and it works.

Good luck and godspeed

Meredith - posted on 07/13/2012

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When I was little, I got UTIs all the time and they determined it was from artificial coloring/flavoring. Once I was taken off that, I never got another one. And it's not that hard to stay away from really, I just got fruit pops and real juice instead of popsicles and fruit punch, etc. And I ended up growing out of it, too. Although I was older when I started having trouble, so it could be something as simple as a diaper issue.

Eden - posted on 07/12/2012

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my daughter had 2 UTI's at 1 year and then again 2 months later. She took a 10 day course of antibiotics both times and had repeat urine tests when the antibiotics were finished to make sure the infection was gone. after the second UTI i started her on daily d-manose. i found it at the health-food store or you can get it online (vitacost.com is a good place). she gets 500mg a day and it has been a year with no UTI's. i have read that even children who have kidney reflux and still get infections with daily antibiotics do BETTER after taking d-manose daily. i'm so thankful for it! and if your daughter comes down with a UTI you can give in every 2-3 waking hrs for 3 days and it clears up. google it and try it!

Mommy - posted on 07/12/2012

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My friend's daughter had an issue with urine re-uptake, so all the urine would not pass and would be pulled back up into her bladder, causing frequent infections. She had a surgery to repair it, but was really happy the doctor found it. Apparently the disorder is not too common and doctors don't always look for it.

Joanne - posted on 07/12/2012

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Thank you for all your messages its put my mind at rest shes under a specialist so hopefully they will find the problem or her kidney scan mite show something up next week its just been so worrying seein her so ill for so many months x

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I had recurrent cyctitis on and off for years. Antibiotics clear it for a while, but often lead to yeast infections. I looked into alternatives and was led to pure cranberry capsules from health food shop. AMAZING. Within taking the first two capsules symptoms eased and after second day symptoms gone. Now at the first sign of any symptoms I reach for the capsules. Take 2 straight away then continue to take for a couple of days to make sure nothing develops. Haven't used antibiotics for years. It has transformed my life.

Elizabeth - posted on 07/11/2012

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Have you eliminated all dyes and artificial sweeteners? My daughter would pee her pantt or the bed and when I stopped all red drinks, fruit rollups dyed cereals kike fruit loops her problems healed. Also use filtered water for your own sake. Aquasana.com sells one for about $100 and if you sin on for waters for life, 7.50/mo gets new filters twice a year.

Bonnie - posted on 07/11/2012

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I had a niece who had urinary tract infections due to the urine backing up into kidneys. She had surgery to repair the weak valves that help the urine stay down and out. Sometimes this is something that needs to be done to fix the issue, rather than just cranberry juice and yogurt for occasional urinary infections, with antibiotics. Hoping that the doctors can help find the root of the problem, and have your daughter heal.

Mary - posted on 07/11/2012

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We too had this problem with our daughter, and was hygiene issue. She refused to wipe properly so along with lots of coaching and eventually when she was five and understood but still refused, we took away privileges and checked her every night that she was clean and reinforced the cleanliness issue, she has for the most part got it but she still sometimes gets lazy and we have to remind her. We also found through this using tea tree oil in the bath and cranberry and probiotics and staying away from sugary juices or pop, helped, I am not sure the connection to the juice and pop someone mentioned it and I tried it and it seemed to help. We even tried organic toilet papers, and washing her underwear in ivory snow laundry detergent. Definitely no bubble baths. The specialist we went to (a paediatric urologist) told us we simply had to be very persistent and she would grow out of it. Thankfully there was no congenital issues. Good luck

Joanne - posted on 07/11/2012

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Thanks Sarah she has a kidney scan next sat so hopefully that should show up whats going on the wont give her daily antibiotics until she has been diagnosed with reflux even tho she had wee infections for 5 months continously.

Tina - posted on 07/11/2012

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If she is going to the toilet on her own also try to encourage her to wipe properly. Sometimes little girls can wipe from back end to from which can cause infections. Hopefully it's nothing too serious.

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