Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are hard to prevent in children who seem to get them
easily. The doctor may prescribe
antibiotics to prevent repeat infection while waiting
for test results after your child's first UTI. If test results show
abnormalities of the urinary tract that raise the risk for repeat infections,
the doctor may recommend long-term antibiotic treatment.
evidence suggests that
breast-feeding may help prevent UTIs during the first
6 months of life.1, 2
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After learning to use the toilet, some children may not empty their
bladders often enough. Without regular bladder emptying, which flushes out the
germs in urine, children may be more likely to get a UTI. Encourage a schedule
of bladder emptying to help lower this risk. Offer your child drinks (such as
water) throughout the day. Drinking enough fluids fills the bladder and can
help your child empty the bladder more often.
diagnosis and early treatment are the most important steps in preventing
UTI-caused kidney damage. Periodic urine cultures during the first year after a
child's first UTI and for children at risk for recurrent UTIs can help detect
infections before they do serious damage.