Children’s Bladder Tips

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Posted by Dr Janine Bowring

December 18, 2020

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As a naturopathic doctor, my first step is always preventative. When it comes to bladder challenges in children, it’s important to make sure that bathroom time is not filled with anxiety and that the child goes to the bathroom regularly. Often, children become immersed in playing and feel it’s a nuisance to take a break and go to the bathroom. However, the longer the urine rests in the bladder, the more chance of bacteria forming and turning into a problem.

Children’s Bladder Tips

As a naturopathic doctor, my first step is always preventative. When it comes to urinary habits in children, it’s important to make sure that bathroom time is not filled with anxiety and that the child goes to the bathroom regularly. Often, children become immersed in playing and feel it’s a nuisance to take a break and go to the bathroom. However, the longer the urine rests in the bladder, the more chance of bacteria forming and turning into an infection. Prompting kids to go regularly is the first step. Next, I look at their diet. Too many sugars can lead to the formation of bacteria, which can again prompt an infection. There are several good herbs that can help keep the bladder infection free. The first is Chimaphila which is used to treat painful urination and inflammation associated with an infected bladder. Next Bearberry is an herb which has been used for centuries to relieve bladder infections. Cranberry juice is a great way to prevent UTI’s, I recommend pure cranberry juice that can be diluted with some water and given to children daily as a preventative measure. Once a child has a UTI, the usual course of treatment is an antibiotic. The trouble with antibiotics is that they flush all the good bacteria out of the system as well as the bad. The best treatment is a good Probiotic, to put back some of the good flora. With Probiotics, it’s important to get the right strain and make sure that the bacteria are still alive, otherwise the purpose of taking them is defeated. Unlike the type you buy in a store, ours doesn’t stay on the shelf for very long. It’s important to give your child the Probiotic on a daily basis, not just when they have an infection. The same applies to Cranberry juice, it should be given occasionally as a preventative measure. By following these simple steps, you can avoid your child getting a painful UTI.

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