Bath time: What speaks for bladder infections in children

Bath time: What speaks for bladder infections in children

Change bathing suits, also clarify physical causes
Finally summer is here. Then children are drawn back to the outdoor pools when the weather is nice. But the cool water not only brings refreshment, it also harbors dangers such as urinary tract infections. The reason for this is usually hypothermia in the genital region. Especially in young children who often suffer from cystitis, a urologist should also clarify physical causes to prevent chronic suffering.

Bladder infections tend to affect boys in infancy, after which mostly girls suffer. When bathing and then romping around with wet clothes, a painful cystitis quickly develops. The genital region cools quickly and is poorly supplied with blood. Then bacteria can penetrate more easily. They can multiply rapidly at temperatures below 37 ° C and then lead to inflammation. Frequent urge to urinate, which can also be seen in young children through wetting, as well as burning or pain when urinating are warning signals. In babies and toddlers, the typical symptoms are sometimes missing, so that in the case of unclear fever, general malaise or vomiting, a urinary tract infection should also be considered. Another warning sign is a "strong" smelling, cloudy or bloody urine.

Even if, in addition to pain when urinating, other parts of the body such as the lower back area hurt, this can speak for a urinary tract infection. In addition to preventive measures such as changing bathing suits, parents should also consult the urologist in the event of an infection. Not only can it effectively treat inflammation, it also rules out internal malformations that favor urinary tract infections.

"The smaller the child, the more advisable it is to see a urologist if there are symptoms," urologist Dr. Reinhold Schaefer from Uro-GmbH Nordrhein, an association of resident urologists. "Especially with the first bladder infection, we can use ultrasound to gently identify whether internal malformations such as a narrowing of the urethra favor infections."

A urine test also provides information about the pathogen and makes it possible to find a suitable drug. "As a rule, short-term therapy with an antibiotic is carried out, often supplemented by pain and antispasmodic agents," explains Dr. Shepherd. Urologists also recommend keeping your abdomen and feet warm and drinking plenty of water to flush out the bacteria and relax your bladder. Cranberry juice, bearberry leaves in tablet form or herbal teas support the therapy, but alone do not work effectively against bacterial inflammation. (pm)

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