We are giving her lots of diluted unsweetened cranberry juice and just started a probiotic today. We don't want to go the antibiotic route unless absolutely have to. Are there any other remedies such as homeopathy, herbs etc that work well for bladder infections in children?
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IDK if it falls into "natural" but if she can swallow a pill, I have found that the cranberry extract pills (3 a day) and lots of water (or more cranberry juice) work way better than cranberry juice alone b/c it's more concentrated. Beyond that, I'd head to the HFS and ask for their recommendations for other remedies. I hope she feels better soon!
Please, please don't mess around with a UTI! The longer you leave it, the worse it gets, and an untreated UTI can lead to all sorts of nasty complications.
I say this as someone who suffered UTIs constantly for 2 years straight as a result of not getting treated properly the first time round. I eventually ended up in hospital with a kidney infection and bladder scarring. Not fun. Believe me, I tried every natural treatment you can think of and nothing worked except antibiotics.
Give her the antibiotics and make sure she takes them all.
Mama to a preschooler and a baby.
If it's honestly a bladder infection, I can't imagine why you would withhold medication from her. The infection is worse than the antibiotics.
An ear infection I can understand, but a bladder infection could be very serious.
Wow.. I just read what I said, and that was super rude... I'm sorry for coming off that way. In my head it sounded much nicer than it looks in print.
cranberries help with PREVENTION. If you already have an infection they won't do anything. Bladder infections can kill especially children. A couple here were just prosecuted for killing their child by refusing antibiotics for a "simple" bladder infection.
How cranberries help... they make the bladder "slippery" so supposedly bacteria won't be able to burrow into the lining. If it's already there nothing will stop it unless you have a great immune system and luck. So if it's not cleared up by the time it takes to see a dr you should get antibiotics. Bladder infections are excruciatingly painful Not something I would want my child to go through needlessly.
are u sure its a bladder infection?
is there pain and burning sensation? (please know this is not a rude question or idiot question). did a test reveal UTI?
or are you assuming by the number of time your child has to go potty during the day. because there are times when kids suffer unusual frequent urination and one mistakes it for bladder infection. no one knows exactly what causes it but might be due to stress (just stress of growing up and becoming more aware of the world around them). kids get it btw the ages of 3 to 8. my dd went back to diapers just coz it was exhausting going to the bathroom so many times.
otherwise i agree. for a child its time for the medication.