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Health-tips: How To Prevent A Urinary Tract Infection In Children

Are some children more vulnerable to a urinary tract infection?

Urinary tract infections are more common in girls than in boys. Since the girl’s urethra is short, bacteria can easily penetrate the bladder. Children whose urinary system is abnormal and malfunctioning run a greater risk of urinary tract infection, but this situation is very rare.

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How to tell if your child has a urinary tract infection?

Young children and infants who have a urinary tract infection may be irritable or have a fever for no apparent reason.

Older children can also:

– feel pain and burning when urinating

– feel strong urges, urge to urinate more often than usual or begin to have small accidents well after becoming clean.

– fever

– feel pain in the lumbar region (lower back) or stomach pain just below the navel

– have a malodorous urine that seems cloudy or contains a little blood.

How to prevent urinary infections in a child?

Teach your child not to hold back and go to the toilet when he wants to urinate. The urine that remains in the bladder promotes the proliferation of bacteria. This advice also applies to bowel movements. Constipated children are more susceptible to urinary tract infections. Also, if your child has harsh or painful stools, try adding fiber to his diet. If this technique does not work, talk to your doctor.

Finally, avoid foaming baths and perfumed soaps, which can cause irritation.

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Written by How Africa

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