How To Prevent Urinary Tract Infection: 5 Simple Ways To Prevent UTI In Children
Urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of the most common diseases in kids. Fortunately, there are several ways to prevent UTI in children.
There are different kinds of urinary tract infection and it might not be possible to prevent them all. However, parents can make a big difference in reducing their kids' risk of acquiring this infection. NHS Choices shared some simple ways to prevent UTI in children.
1. Exclusively Breastfeed Your Child
One of the best ways to prevent UTI in children is to exclusively breastfeed your kid for the first six months of her life. Exclusive breastfeeding is important in strengthening your baby's immune system and prevent constipation.
2. Proper Hygiene
"Encourage girls to wipe their bottom from front to back," NHS choices advises. This is to help reduce the risk of bacteria getting into a girl's urethra.
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3. Adequate Hydration
Parents should always encourage their children to drink plenty of water to help them urinate regularly. Holding in urine inside the body can increase the risk of bacteria infecting the urinary tract.
4. Loose Underwear Made Of Cotton
Get your kids to wear cotton underwear that is not too tight-fitting. "Avoid nylon and other types of synthetic underwear, as these can help promote the growth of bacteria," NHS Choices suggests.
5. Prevent Constipation
One of the most effective ways to prevent UTI in children is to reduce their risk for constipation. Constipation can lead to incomplete emptying of the urinary bladder which can facilitate bacteria growth, according to Happy Bowel. Parents can prevent constipation and urinary tract infection by making sure that their kids are always well-hydrated and eating plenty of fiber.