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Help! Recurring utis in 2 year old

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Hummingbird82

Hi everyone,

My 2 year old daughter (24 months) had what we thought was a UTI last Sunday 6th July. She was crying and saying ouchy wee wee. I called up an out of hours GP because it was nighttime and he sent a prescription of cephalexin to a 24 hour pharmacy which we started and within 24 hours she wasn't crying and saying ouchy wee wee. It was a 7 day course of antibiotics.

Last night (Wednesday night) she woke crying at 2am and didn't say ouchy wee but was upset and couldn't sleep. At midnight today she woke up screaming saying ouchy wee wee again and has had some Panadol but is still squirming and crying saying ouchy.

What do I do? I would rather not give her repeated courses of antibiotics. I'm at a loss how to help her. I will take her to the doctor tomorrow morning. She is still in a nappy and I've read that can cause utis. Help please!

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got my tinsel on
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You need to take her to your GP ASAP.  UTIs may cause damage to her kidneys if not sorted.

My DD at 1.5 had a UTI and she was referred for tests to check for urinary reflux.  As it turned out DD had bilateral reflux and was prescribed prophylactic antibiotics until the condition righted itself - which was just over 12 months.

 

 

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1 minute ago, got my tinsel on said:

You need to take her to your GP ASAP.  UTIs may cause damage to her kidneys if not sorted.

My DD at 1.5 had a UTI and she was referred for tests to check for urinary reflux.  As it turned out DD had bilateral reflux and was prescribed prophylactic antibiotics until the condition righted itself - which was just over 12 months.

 

 

Thank you. Yes I've read about this. Is it something that would show at 2? She hasn't had any UTI s before though. I'm so glad it resolved your daughter's issues. Thank you for sharing. I'll book her into the GP in the morning. 

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got my tinsel on

My DD hadn't had a UTI before the one I took her to the GP for.  She wasn't talking much then and I didn't even suspect a UTI - she had a temperature and was just generally miserable and clingy.  

I remember the paediatrician saying that the non-working valves do 'mature' and start working properly in the majority of cases, but in the mean time it is imperative that any further UTIs and bladder infections be avoided hence the prophylactic antibiotics.

Best wishes - hope your little one is better soon.

PS.  Was just talking to now 20yo DD and she remembers the taste of the antibiotic we gave her each night from a syringe.  She said she can still remember the taste and it is still her favourite medicine!  😅

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Hummingbird82

Thank you @got my tinsel on.  I really appreciate you sharing your experience. 

We saw the GP this morning and got a referral for an ultrasound, a referral to the paediatric urology unit, more antibiotics and a container to get a sample of urine.

Do you or anyone else have some tips on how best to collect urine from a non toilet trained toddler? Thank you!

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Smoo

Did they give you the tape on bag thing? it worked for DS mostly (eventually).

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We were given a stick on bag - trickier for girls than boys but we were able to get some urine for testing.  I have also had to give non toilet trained DD a big drink of water (for her) then sit her on a potty and read and entertain her until she started to wee then catch some in a specimen jar.  I'm afraid it can be a bit hit-and-miss.  Good luck.

If using a jar, have everything ready to go - lid unscrewed but just sitting on top of the jar to keep sterile.  Make sure she is sitting with her upper legs apart and there is enough room between her vulva and potty edge to get your hand in holding the jar.  My goodness that sounds bizarre.

 

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26 minutes ago, Smoo said:

Did they give you the tape on bag thing? it worked for DS mostly (eventually).

We didn't get one of these. To be honest I don't think she would tolerate it unfortunately.

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20 minutes ago, got my tinsel on said:

We were given a stick on bag - trickier for girls than boys but we were able to get some urine for testing.  I have also had to give non toilet trained DD a big drink of water (for her) then sit her on a potty and read and entertain her until she started to wee then catch some in a specimen jar.  I'm afraid it can be a bit hit-and-miss.  Good luck.

If using a jar, have everything ready to go - lid unscrewed but just sitting on top of the jar to keep sterile.  Make sure she is sitting with her upper legs apart and there is enough room between her vulva and potty edge to get your hand in holding the jar.  My goodness that sounds bizarre.

 

Thank you. Great advice. This will be a challenge.

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Kiwi Bicycle

The ultrasound will be hard too. She needs to go in with a full bladder, they measure that and then you sit until they pee and they measure again. I sat over 2 hours waiting for a wet nappy from DS ( assuming they have been told of measure bladder capacity and whether they completely void).

I also had to go to a branch of the diagnostic service that specialised in pediatrics, but that's  good as they understand.

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SeaPrincess

DD was about 3 when she had her first UTI, So she was already potty trained, and she didn’t really show any of the typical signs. She wasn’t going more frequently, and didn’t seem to be in any real pain, but said it was hurting when she went. She has a small cyst on one of her kidneys that gets reviewed periodically. I just filed the next referral, which is dated 2025. She just turned 11 and has only had 3 or 4 in total, so not frequent.

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