I'm trying to decide whether or not to call the doctor about the fact that I'm 99% certain my 8 y.o dd has a urinary tract infection. I need some feedback! I want to take care of her, but I also don't really want to put her on antibiotics unnecessarily.
She rarely drinks enough water or voids as often as she should. On Saturday, she waited from about 10 am until 8 pm to pee (we were having a pool party for her sister's bday and I guess she was just too busy.) I was helping to run the party and keep watch over the kids in the pool (including nursing a bee sting on one girl) so I wasn't paying attention to her fluid intake or trips to the bathroom. When we were changing into dry clothes, my daughters warned me that it would hurt me to pee because they both had burning upon urination. Natalie kept having to pee literally every minute and even asked if she could squeeze my hand when she peed because it hurt so bad. My dad's pool water seemed a little dirty, so I thought being in the pool all day, with dirty water, and holidng her pee had surely begun a UTI brewing. I would've given her the homeopathic remedy of choice, cantharis, but we didn't have any and the store where I work (the only place for many, many miles that would have it) was closed. At this point, it was almost 9 pm. I figured even if I reached her dr., there wasn't much we could do, since all of the pharmacies even remotely close to our home were all closed. I gave her water and I made her drink lemonade, as the acidity would make her bladder an unpleasant place for bacteria. I made my girls shower when we got home, just in case the pool water was the culprit. At this point, she'd already had about 32 ozs of liquid within a 2-hr time span. I touched her back, where her kidneys are and asked if that hurt and she said yes. I then became very concerned. We live about 5 mins from the hospital, so I figured if she ran a fever or if I saw blood in her urine, we'd just go to the ER in the middle of the night.
Sunday, she drank adequate amounts of water. She was voiding regularly and her urine was clear. It no longer hurt to pee. Her kidneys were still a little sore, but she said noticeable, but not bad. Still no fever. The real problem at this point is that she is at her dad's house and I don't know how attentive he and his gf will be. I wrote a note to her teacher, asking that for today and tomorrow (the last two days of school) she be allowed to have her water bottle with her at all times and to be able to use the restroom as needed. I'll talk to my daughter this afternoon to see how she's feeling.
Do you think I should call the doctor anyway, regardless of how she is feeling? Everything I've read on the internet says that children are at a much greater risk of kidney damage from UTI's than adults are so prompt attention and treatment is necessary. If she doesn't have a fever, has adequate fluid intake and is voiding urine often (and it's clear with no odor) does she still need to get on antibiotics? Honestly, I really see no reason to take her in to the dr's office at all; I would think a call would suffice. Obviously, it's a uti. Should I just ask them to phone in a prescription? She has taken antibiotics more times than my other two kids and I would like to avoid them if at all possible...it's just making that determination that is tricky! Sorry this is so long! I just wanted to give enough background info.