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Urinary Problems and Injuries, Age 11 and Younger - Prevention

The following may help prevent urinary problems in children.

  • Encourage your child to drink more fluids. Water is best. This will help dilute the urine, flush bacteria out of the bladder, and decrease irritation.
  • Do not give your child carbonated or caffeinated beverages, which can irritate the bladder wall.
  • Wash the genital area once a day with plain water or mild soap. Rinse well and dry thoroughly.
    • Use gentle soaps, such as hypoallergenic soaps, and use as little soap as possible.
    • Do not use deodorant soaps on your child.
    • Avoid bubble baths, powders, and perfumed soaps, which can irritate and dry the skin.
  • Wash your child's clothes with a mild soap rather than a detergent. Rinse twice to remove all traces of the cleaning product. Avoid strong detergents.
  • Change your child's diapers when wet and immediately after a bowel movement. Wash your hands before and after each diaper change.
  • Wipe your child from front to back when changing a diaper or helping with the toilet, and teach children to wipe in this direction. This may reduce the spread of bacteria from the anus to the urethra.
  • Dress your child in cotton underwear and loose clothing.
  • Encourage older children to urinate whenever they feel the need.
  • Avoid constipation. For more information, see the topic Constipation, Age 11 and Younger.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: November 14, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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