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.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 15, 2013
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