Urinary Problems and Injuries,Age 11 and Younger - Prevention
The following may help prevent urinary
problems in children.
- Encourage your child to
drink more fluids. Water is best. This will help
dilute the urine, flush bacteria out of the bladder, and decrease
- Do not give your child carbonated or caffeinated
beverages, which can irritate the bladder wall.
- Wash the genital
area once a day with plain water or mild soap. Rinse well and dry thoroughly.
- Use gentle soaps, such as Basis, Cetaphil,
Dove, or Oil of Olay, and use as little soap as possible.
- Do not use deodorant soaps on your
- Avoid bubble baths, powders or perfumed soaps, which can
irritate and dry the skin.
- Wash your child's clothes with a mild soap, such
as CheerFree or Ecover, rather than a detergent. Rinse twice to remove all
traces of the cleaning product. Avoid strong detergents.
- Change your child's diapers when wet and
immediately after a bowel movement. Wash your hands before and after each
- Wipe your child from front to back when changing a
diaper or helping with the toilet, and teach children to wipe in this
direction. This may reduce the spread of bacteria from the
anus to the
- Dress your child in cotton
underwear and loose clothing.
- Encourage older children to urinate
whenever they feel the need.
- Avoid constipation. For more
information, see the topic
Constipation, Age 11 and Younger.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 12, 2011
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