The Trouble With Prevention
Unfortunately, a lot of the advice you may have heard about how to prevent UTIs hasn't been proven to work. For one thing, avoiding bubble baths won't keep UTIs away, even though doctors have told parents that the suds can be irritating. The chemicals in swimming pools don't cause UTIs either, so staying away from them doesn't decrease your child's risk. You may have heard that drinking cranberry juice may prevent E. coli from attaching to the walls of the bladder, but clinical trials haven't proven this.
So we're left with this: There simply isn't a whole lot you can do to prevent your child from getting a UTI, especially if she's already had one. This is why it's key to get your child's urine checked when she has a fever, even if she seems to have an ear infection or another ailment that might cause the fever. It's always best to be sure.
Originally published in the June 2011 issue of Parents magazine.
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