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My toddler hasnt been feeling well. She says her pee hurts, she is tired and sleeping a lot. She had a low grade fever a couple days ago. She also says her tummy hurts. I am starting to think she has a bladder infection as there are no other signs of illness.<br><br>
What can I do for her? Does it have to be treated with ABX? I do plan on taking her in but I hear the test is not to accurate for toddlers because the urine sample is easily contaminated. I just dont want to give her abx unless I really have to. She has never needed abx up to this point.<br><br>
Please give some advice before I call the doctor.
 

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They gave me some cups and some bags to try and catch a urine sample. I am going to try my best. Any tips on how to collect urine properly?
 

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honestly with a little one the easiest way I have found was to use a potty chair. Make sure you completly clean the bowl where the urine is catched with both soap/hot water and then use a alcohol wipe for the bowl inside. After you can pour the urine into the cup. you can use one of those cheap all one piece chairs (actually saw some at the dollar store today)
 

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If you can sanitize it in the dishwasher (if it fits?) that would be better. That's what my dr's office told me anyway. Turns out there was a drugstore type place near us that carried the sterile urine sample cups. Maybe call your local drugstore?<br>
Even with the sterile urine sample cup & me washing his penis well first, one of the samples we gave was still contaminated, so it is a little tricky.<br><br>
My DS was used to peeing on the potty when he got a uti, so he thought peeing in the cup was fun.<br><br>
We tried everything natural under the sun to treat it (he never progressed to having a fever though - just funky, painful urine) and nothing got rid of it except the abx. We had to keep a close eye on him though - they can progress into the kidneys if not treated.<br><br>
Hope she feels better soon!
 

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When dd had a bladder infection at 2 years old, her doctor had me go to Whole Foods and get some cranberry pills (the people there knew exactly what to give her when I told them the problem) and had me give her as much water as I could. Dd's bladder infection was completely gone in less than 2 days.<br><br>
The cranberry pills helped to neutralize the bladder infection, and the constantly full bladder made it so the bacteria couldn't stick to the inside of dd's bladder. Dd sees a doctor that almost always tries natural remedies before prescription (especially abx), so we are really lucky with that resource.
 

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I ended up using the tape on bag. She does have some signs of infection when they did the test strips. They are sending it in to get cultured. They did prescribe some penecillin. I think I may wait until the results of the culture to make sure its the right antibiotic for the job. I picked up some probiotics to give her with it. I hope this is the last time I will ever use them on her.<br><br>
I would do the cranberry pills but DD is just not a guzzler. She just wont drink large amounts of liquids. Between that and her constipation, its probably why she got the UTI in the first place.
 

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probiotics 2 hours after the abx
 

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This is my plan. Is one capsule enough? Its got 6 billion CFU. I also have some fermented veggies.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I ended up using the tape on bag. She does have some signs of infection when they did the test strips. They are sending it in to get cultured. They did prescribe some penecillin. I think I may wait until the results of the culture to make sure its the right antibiotic for the job. I picked up some probiotics to give her with it. I hope this is the last time I will ever use them on her.<br><br>
I would do the cranberry pills but DD is just not a guzzler. She just wont drink large amounts of liquids. Between that and her constipation, its probably why she got the UTI in the first place.</div>
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Waiting on the results for type specific is a good idea, just be careful she doesn't get worse while waiting. While we were waiting DS was taking D. Mannose, which helps get rid of e.coli in the bladder (if that is what she has) It did help knock back the infection, but not get rid of it in our case ( as mentioned we had to resort to abx too, after trying cranberry, d. mannose, vit' c, uva ursi... etc)<br><br>
Hope she gets better quickly - for us, the abx worked right away. It was just a one time a day dose for us, so I made sure to do probiotics 2-3 hours after the dose, then again at the halfway point (as well a sauerkraut when he wanted.)
 

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I am so glad my DD loves saurkraut. I open a probiotic capsule into some yogurt everyday and I think I am also going to add a cranberry capsule as well to prevent this from happening again. She wont drink enough cranberry juice.
 
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