How to treat a urinary tract infection in children's and infants
UTI is an infection develops in the urinary tract while urination. The urinary tract is the part of our body contains kidney, bladder, urethra, ureter- these processed and send the waste from our blood through urination. Bacteria in the urine get entered and affect the urinary bladder, ureter, and kidneys. This bacteria or germs infection may happen to children and infants. Nearly, 10 to 15% of infants had affected by UTI problems in the US.
Urinary tract infection causes:
UTI is common from aged person to infants. The main reason for UTI problem for infants is poor hygiene. Bacteria accumulated in the intestine passing out by urine through the urethra which is a narrow tube contains urine and deliver through the outlet (penis or vagina). Bacteria from the urine will affect the urinary tract; it may affect kidneys and cause kidney damage. Another reason for the baby getting UTI problem is a diaper, it would get wet will cause irritation, sometimes infection to the babies. Babies who are being taken antibiotics may cause infection because antibiotics can kill the good bacteria too. A mother who are taking antibiotics while pregnancy, it may cause low weight birth baby and UTI infection. If treated early, it will not affect the baby.
UTI symptoms in babies:
Common symptoms of UTI for infants,
Less feeding from mother
Jaundice for less than 2 weeks babies
Baby won't feel hungry
Smell while urination
Common symptoms of UTI for children,
Lower belly pain
Irritate while urination
Blood in Urine
How can UTI be diagnosed?
UTI can be diagnosed by the urine test called urinalysis. In this test, the doctor will ask the symptoms of the baby then get a urine test to analyze colour, smell, clarity, the concentration of the urine. Depends on the severity of infection,
Urinary tract infections treatment:
The basic treatment provide for the babies are Antibiotic pills depends on the age of the babies, it takes for 2 to 3 days to the babies. If it does not work out, then consult the doctor for further treatment.
Babies below 3 months may need vein injection to insert the antibiotic into the blood when your baby feels very unwell.
Micturating cysto-urethrogram is a treatment to analyze the kidney, whether it is affected or not and kidney size, shape, function, the blockage will be check because urinary tract infection will damage kidney too.
Ultrasonography is a need for some cases when baby getting worse condition to scan the image of the kidney to analyze the kidney and urinary tract.
Prevention of UTI in Babies:
Here is the simply prevent tips to avoid UTI for your babies,
First thing, you have to break out the risk factors for UTI problems like constipation, the neurological problem in urinary bladder as the unemptied bladder.
So make your children urinate frequently to empty the bladder which will secure from bacterial infection in the urinary tract.
Drink more fluid like water, juices to the body to avoid constipation problems
Change your baby’s diaper adequately to stop spreading bacteria from urethra to stomach
Wear soft bottom clothes for babies
Avoid bubble bath. Some mother will add powder or cream to the water for the fragrance and foamy water. It may cause skin irritation
Cranberry for UTI in babies:
Cranberry is a fruit used as herbal medicine for UTI (Urinary tract infection). Many research had proved cranberry juice or cranberry supplements can cure the urinary tract infection and re-occurrence of UTI. It is a natural cure for UTI. Cranberry has proanthocyanidins is an antioxidant which kills the bacteria in the body, protects from infection, support the immune system and it also has Polyphenols, vitamins, quercetin (flavonoid). Urinary infection in kids is common disease occur at babies if treated before get serious condition can avoid kidney problems.
Cranberry is a best herb for bladder infection so parents are recommended to give cranberry juice or cranberry pills to the children for the UTI problems. Probably pills are not given to the babies; in that case, you can give cranberry juice to them. Children can have cranberry supplements or any cranberry products which prevent the UTI occurrence and as a medicine for UTI.