Urinary Problems and Injuries,Age 11 and Younger - Home Treatment
Starting home treatment at the
first minor signs of an
urinary tract infection may prevent the problem from
getting worse and help clear up your child's infection.
Encourage your child to
drink extra fluids as soon as you notice the symptoms
and for the next 24 hours. This will help dilute the urine, flush bacteria out
of the bladder, and decrease irritation.
Do not give your child caffeinated or carbonated beverages,
which can irritate the bladder.
Encourage your child to urinate
often and to empty his or her bladder each time.
A warm bath may
help soothe your child's genital pain and itching. Avoid using bubble bath or
perfumed soaps, which may cause
genital skin irritation. It is okay if your child
urinates in the bath water. This may help relieve some of his or her
Skin irritation may increase your child's discomfort.
Look at your child's genital area with each
diaper change. Increased redness may mean skin irritation. Avoid further
irritation by changing your child's diapers often. For more information, see
Air-dry the skin on your
child's bottom when possible.
An allergy to soap or laundry
detergent may be causing your child's skin irritation. If you think this may be
the problem, try a different product that is unscented, such as CheerFree or
Ecover, rather than a detergent. Rinse twice to remove all traces of the
cleaning product. Avoid strong detergents.
Use gentle soaps, such as Basis, Cetaphil,
Dove, or Oil of Olay, and use as little soap as possible. Do not use deodorant
soaps on your child.
If your child has been diagnosed with a urinary tract infection
Follow all home care instructions your child's
doctor gave you.
Give your child his or her medicine exactly as
prescribed. If you are having difficulty giving the medicine, call your child's
doctor for advice.
Follow up with your child's doctor as instructed after
your child has finished the course of antibiotics. Many children will require
further testing. For more information, see the topic
Urinary Tract Infections in Children.
Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home
Your child is
unable to urinate (retention) or has no wet diaper in 6 hours.