She is on antibiotic but complains of horrible pain and unable to urinate
This is a question to ask her pediatrician. Children younger than 12 years of age should not take phenazopyridine (Pyridium) unless directed by a physician. Poor baby, this is so miserable! I have gotten them regularly throughout my life since the age of two. Make her drink lot of water and watered down juice. Be sure that you choose low acid juices because juices high in acid will make her urine acidic and it will burn worse. Keeping her bladder well flushed by keeping her hydrated is imperative. She will urinate if you make her drink and once she starts going and her urine becomes diluted from drinking, it wont burn so much. You may have to force her a bit to get her to drink enough. Even once the UTI is clear, be sure she always stays well hydrated because she may be prone to these from now on and keeping the urine dilute and flowing will help prevent UTI's. Be sure to teach her to wipe herself from front to back after she uses the restroom-many UTIs are from E. Coli and E. Coli grows abundently in the digestive tract so UTIs occur when this bacteria migrates (or gets dragged by TP that has also wiped the anus) from the anal area to the urinary meatus (opening). Dont use ANY bubble baths on her! I found out a LONG time ago that bubble bath irritates and leads to UTI for myself. My mother told me that I would get a UTI every time I took a bubble bath even with so called "kid" or "baby" gentle formulas-they were still too harsh. If you bleach her underclothing, be sure to double rinse as it can irritate. Also, another big one, teach her to come in and urinate when she feels the urge and not to "hold" her urine. Many little girls are too occupied with their play and dont want to stop to urinate, so they hold it and this can cause reflux of urine back into the bladder carrying bacteria with it and this leads to UTI. Call her from play at least hourly and make her try to go potty. Be vigilant because these can become chronic in some children especially when they have them early in life like this. It is much more common in girls and women who are sexually active because of the nature of sexual activity is conducive to UTI formation. When we see UTIs in young ones, it is often a matter of a combination of bad habits (like poor wiping hygeine, using bubble bath and holding the urine too long, or playing in dirt or sand boxes in shorts or a dress with panties and getting sand or dirt into the genital area etc) and anatomy that makes them prone to UTI.
- Pyridium Information for Consumers
- Pyridium Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Pyridium (detailed)
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