What to Do If a 2-Year-Old Has a Urinary Tract Infection

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Urinary tract infections (or UTI) are common in women but children can also suffer from them. Often small children may not be able to vocalize their symptoms, or are too afraid to seek help. If you suspect your 2-year-old child has a UTI you should begin at-home treatment to try to rid the child of the infection.

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Avoid Baths

Showers are recommended until the condition has completely subsided. Baths are a warm breeding ground for the bacteria to spread and worsen the infection. It is best to avoid any wetness from collecting in the genital area, except for sterilizing purposes.

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Cranberry Juice

Drinking pure cranberry juice may be unpleasant for children, but it does reduce the chance of bacteria spreading. Mixing 2 parts cranberry juice with 1 part apple juice may help improve the taste. The cranberry creates a hostile breeding ground for bacteria. Cranberry juice is the most popular choice among sufferers to fight the infection.

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Antibiotics

If more than two days have passed and the child is still suffering, they should be taken to a doctor. Antibiotics can completely cure the infection if it is caught in time. A doctor will only prescribe an antibiotic if the UTI is untreatable at home. Once an infection persists beyond two days it is considered serious and you should seek medical attention.

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