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Urinary Tract Infection in Childrenfrom: Maxx Family Life
Urinary tract infections cause urinating to be painful. An infected child will put off going to the bathroom even though they always get a feeling they need to go to the bathroom. The urine also smells bad because of the infection. Bacteria are responsible for infecting the urinary track.
The urinary track consists of the two kidneys, bladder, two ureters and a urethra. The kidney does the major job of cleaning waste from the blood. The waste material is urine, which is passed to the bladder through the ureters. The shape of the bladder is very similar to a deflated balloon. When the bladder gets filled, two hundred and thirty seven milliliters of urine, the brain sends signals to go to the bathroom. When the person gets ready to pass, the muscles located at the end of the bladder relax which lets the urine rush through the urethra, from the bladder, and out of the body.
When a child must deal with the symptoms of the urinary track, they should talk to their parents as the symptoms are visible to the patient more than anyone else. Parents can observe the urinating frequency of their children. A child will experience terrible pain when peeing. He/she is can pass just a small quantity at a time. He/she also gets up several times during the night to go to the bathroom. There is a strange sensation in the lower part of the belly.
Blood may also pass along with the urine, plus the urine isn't a clear solution, it's cloudy and it smells badly after passing. These are all the symptoms of bladder infection. A child may also feel feverish along with chills. Pain can be experienced in the back or the belly. When the pain is just below the ribs, it's a clear sign of kidney infection. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, the child should be taken to the doctor immediately.
Your doctor will take a urine sample for testing. The urine is taken in a plastic cup, into which the child pees. Before passing, the child must wipe the area with special wipes, so the germs from the body don't get confused with the germs in the urine. Germs in the urine are an indication of infection. Although there are million of germs residing on the exterior of the body, they're completely harmless. Only a few of them actually infect the body.
A stick is dipped in the urine sample. The stick is special in that it's a specially treated paper that changes color upon determination of an infection. Otherwise, the urine sample can also be sent to the laboratory. In the case of a bladder infection, the doctor will prescribe medicine that kills the bacteria.
The child will begin to feel good just few days after starting on the medicine, but he/she must stay away from food and liquid which has caffeine in it as it can elevate the bladder irritation and the patient will feel very uncomfortable. After the test, if kidney infection is detected, the child will be hospitalized for few days. He/she will be given a germ fighting medicine administered by a small plastic tube which will be introduced in a vein.
Once the child recovers from a urinary tract infection, he/she should try to avoid such incidents in the future. What's most important is to maintain cleanliness. Private parts should be washed everyday. It's best to take a shower or a bath daily. A child can use wipes to clean after passing urine. Children should never hold the urine. When they feel the urge, they should rush to the bathroom immediately.
Fluid intake must be increased. The best fluids are water and cranberry juice. Water washes the bacteria out of the body and cranberry juice prevents another bacterial attack. Bubble baths aren't a good ide since they can irritate the urethra. Cotton underwear will absorb the sweat and body moisture, which will prevent bacterial growth. Underpants must be changed everyday.
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