Bladder Infections in Children
Urinary tract infections and bladder infections are the same thing. Urinary infection might be a serious condition in children. They don’t know how to notice the symptoms and even parents might miss them, as well. It may cause kidney problems in children and become a life threatening event.
Girls tend be much more prone to bladder infections than boys. The possible explanation might be the short urethra in the girls, which causes the bacteria to invade the bladder more easily.
Symptoms of bladder infections in babies may be hard to see. Babies are usually irritated, have fever and don’t have appetite. Sometimes. there is nausea, vomiting and smelly urine, which can indicate bladder infectiosn, especially if there is no cough or runny nose. If you notice any of these symptoms in your baby, you should take him/her to the pediatrician.
Older children experience the same symptoms as the adults. There is the urge to urinate but just small amounts of urine come out. Change in the color and smell of the urine might also point to bladder infection. Girls could feel pain in the pelvis, boys usually complain about the pain in the rectal area, and sometimes pain could be felt under the rib cage.
Bladder infections are usually caused by the invasion of bacteria that normally live on the genitalia and rectum. When the body’s defense system fails, bacteria enter the urinary tract and cause infection and malfunction of bladder muscles.
Treatment of Bladder Infections in Children
The medications used to treat urinary infections are antibiotics. They are used in both children and adults, and the seriousness of the condition defines the used medications. These drugs should be used until the infection is cleared away and even some time after that, to prevent potential recurrentinfections.
Fruit juices are very helpful in this situation, and the kid could drink: blueberry, cranberry, watermelon or lemon juice, or mixed coconut water and lemon juice.
Some herbs are traditionally used to treat bladder infections. These are parsley, dandelion leaves and hydrangea, and uva ursi.
Make sure your kid drinks plenty of water. 8 or 9 glasses of water every day should be minimal amount of water. Properly clean the child after the use of the toilet and use loose cotton clothes and underwear while the child is treated for the bladder infection.
Abdominal pain cause by the urinary infection can be relieved by some heating of the painful area.