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I am NOT saying that I would ignore an obvious UTI. However, not all UTI's are serious. The times we thought our babies may have a UTI, they did not have fevers, they were just very fussy, esp when they peed. We took them to the doctor. They tried to get a urine sample but were unsuccessful. And because they were not horribly sick, they were sent home. My kids doctor is very naturally oriented. She istn going to cath a baby or put them on antibiotics when we arnt even sure that is what is going on. It would be different if they had a fever or were extremely lethargic or something. Shoot, most doctors admit babies with jaundice too and my ped said not to worry about it as long as she wasnt too lethargic to eat (which my 2nd did get to that point and went for light therapy for a day). My dd was jaundice for over 3 months after her birth-most docs would have freaked out, but ours was fine with it (in fact, when she was 6 weeks old and saw a diff doctor in the practice, that doc did freak out and sent her for a bili test). Anyway, my point is that I was not talking about ignoring serious symptoms in a newborn, I simply asking how one might go about treating a suspected UTI in an infant without antibiotics-basically just more than not doing anything, which is what we did-and how one might prevent them.
Oh and BTW, I dunno about the newborns with fevers thing. My surro-baby had unexplained fevers for the first few months of her life (turned out it was due to mold exposure) and the docs at Seattle Children's just sent her home the first few times since nothing else was wrong with her. Only after it had been going on for awhile did they do a blood draw-and then send her home again. Same thing with my own son who had a fever at 4 weeks old. They just said dont worry about it as long as he is eating well.
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