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Ds has a UTI & has been on oral a/b for almost 10 days. He is supposed to start a new one after that once a day for six months <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> . Apparently this is standard procedure for infants so they don't get it again & do major damage to their kidneys. I'm just wondering if anyone knows of any other options (with studies for backup). Funny, when it's someone else, I'm all "tell your dr. you're just not going to do it", but now it's me & my baby & I don't want to take any chances <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/crap.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crap">. What could be some side effects of taking a/b that long? I have started giving him acidophilus, but the children's formula I got has natural strawberry flavouring. Is it ok to give him at this age? He just loves it & it can't be any worse than that nasty pink stuff the a/b is in <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/grossedout.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="gross"> .<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/help.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="help">
 

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How old is your DS?<br><br>
I was given that crap about taking antibiotics for the rest of my pregnancy or i'd get another UTI, and get major kidney damage and that they'd fail and i'd have to go on dialysis and i'd go into labour early etc etc.<br><br>
I took the 10 day round and by then it had cleared up and I refused the "preventive" antibiotics that I was meant to take for the rest of my pregnancy and instead took other preventive measures - vitamin c intake, drinking plenty of water, keeping healthy etc and I did not get another UTI.<br><br>
Even if I had, I was prepared to take more antibiotics if needed be, but I was not willing to take "preventive" antibiotics just to stop a possibility from occuring.<br><br>
Just a viewpoint from someone who's been there!
 

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he is 16 weeks<br>
I would do the same thing if it was me, but he can't tell me when he is in pain or even a little uncomfortable. This time the only reason we knew was that he got a fever when it got to his kidney. I don't want to take a chance on that happening again <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Have they done any other testing? UTIs are rare in boys and usually indicated a problem. Has your ped even mentioned seeing a urologist? I would rather go see a urologist and try to see if there is a problem before defaulting to preventative antibiotics. If you would like to talk more about it please PM me.
 

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nak<br><br>
in my experience prophylactic antibiotics are recommended only if the uti is the result of malformation in the kidney or bladder, esp the valves at the top of the bladder to the ureters - has yr ds had a test for this -sorry cant think what it's called right now
 

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He has had an ultrasound which showed one of the ureters is enlarged. Not a lot, but something to keep an eye on. He is going for the dye test to check for reflux (VCUG) next month.<br>
Looking again at the information I was originally given, he should only have to be on the once daily a/b until that test. I guess I'll be making some calls tomorrow...
 

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The VCUG should determine if he has urinary reflux or not. Urinary or vesicoureteral reflux can cause multiple UTIs and lead to kidney damage. Depending of the severity it is treated with either preventative antibiotics or surgery. It's mainly a judgement call on your part. My son suffered a UTI in the fall and the ped placed him on a preventative which I did not give him. He has another infection, which could be meatal stenosis, but he is having a topical antibiotic applied to his penis not an oral. It is really your decision to give him the preventative or not until the VCUG. Was the ultrasound you already had performed before or after his UTI was cleared? From what I understand the ultrasounds should be given to a child not suffering from a UTI at the time. Good luck and please come back to let us know what happens with the urologist. Here is recent thread:<br><br><a href="http://216.92.20.151/discussions/showthread.php?s=&threadid=72307&highlight=vesicoureteral+reflux" target="_blank">http://216.92.20.151/discussions/sho...reteral+reflux</a>
 
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