Hello there, everyone. I have been gleaning information from these forums for a few years now. Thanks to everyone who has contributed. This is an amazing resource to have.
I finally decided to join because we have been going through a lot of health issues with my DD, just recently turned 4. She recently had some major dental work done. We went through the agony of trying to determine whether or not it was really necessary to put her through surgery for cavities, but in the end, after multiple consultations with dentists in our area, we felt we had no other choice.
At that point, I become seriously concerned about her health. I felt that if her teeth were not healthy, she was not healthy. We began to make some changes to our diet. Though I had felt that we ate pretty healthy before, I researched the Westin Price diet and realized that we needed to make some changes.
Soon after her surgery, I felt certain that she had a UTI. She had been having accidents for weeks, so many that I felt it necessary to put her back in pull-ups, and her urine was starting to smell funny. Sure enough, the test at the ped. revealed that she did have an infection, and they put her on antibiotics. Funny thing was, the medication did not last the full 10 days. I even tested my dropper to make sure it was accurate, and it was, but in 8 days, the bottle was empty. We were on vacation at the time, so I did not try to deal with it as perhaps I should have.
In two weeks, I again felt that she must have another infection. A 2nd trip to the ped, and sure enough, another infection. The nurse-practitioner immediately set up an appointment for my daughter to have an ultrasound and VCUG, but when she came and talked to me about it, I told her I was not ready to do it yet, so she cancelled and instead asked us to come back in 10 days.
Ten days later, another urine test reveals that my DD still has blood in her urine. So the doc insists that she either go for the tests or visit a urologist immediately. She has not had an accident for three days now.
I have to say that my daughter has had frequent "set-backs" in potty training this past year (or so I thought.) She might have no accidents for a few weeks and then have a week or two after where she barely went to the potty at all. There were no other symptoms, but I am wondering if she could possibly have had other UTIs that I was not aware of.
However, I am just not ready to go through with the tests. I have read plenty about how horrible they are and after everything we just went through with the dental surgery, my DD has been through a lot. But if her health is going to be compromised, I know we need to do something. I have been making her drink water and 100% pure cranberry juice like crazy and even tried giving her some baking soda today in a drink, but I do not know what else to do. What does it mean that blood is in her urine? Does that mean that there is still an infection? I am not crazy about antibiotics in the first place, but thinking of putting her on them for a long period of time sounds really off-base to me. That has to be terrible for one's health. So if she does happen to have VUR, are there any natural alternatives?
I am also wondering if there could be a relation between the deep cavities and the UTIs. If her body is having such a hard time fighting off bacteria, it seems that I need to be giving her something to help her immune system. I am deeply burdened, losing a lot of sleep and weight over this matter. Can anyone help me?