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3 Year Old Daugher Complains It Hurts to Pee!!

My 3 year old daughter complains that it hurts to pee so now she wants to hold it in so she doesn't feel that pain, I took her to the doctor and they said there was no infection or anything. But told me give her cranberry juice, I know i don't like the taste of cranberry juice does anyone have any suggestions on what to give her besides that?

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Thank you all so much for your advice, Well my daughter doesn't like the taste of cranberry juice but i did try the cranberry with orange juice and she did like that, Thanks so much for everyones advice

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mix it with orange juice, 1/2 & 1/2...it's not bad that way, not bitter tasting. And lots and lots of water

M. give her the cranberry juice with a little oj in it it chages the tast and its not that bad, I drink it and I cant stand cranberry juice

She's probably chapped. Have her sit in a bath for a little while then use some diaperrash cream. My daughters have had that problem also and this is what has always worked.

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You could try mixing it with some Sprite or tonic water.

There is a product called D-Mannose. It works better than cranberry juice, and has no taste. It comes in a powder form that can be mixed in with any sort of liquid and is tasteless. There are also capsules, but you wouldn't want those for a three year old. This is a natural product and will not interact with any other things she may be eating or taking. It somehow makes the urethra "slippery" so bacteria is not able to remain. With little girls there is always that tendancy to not wipe properly, and then they get UTI's. My daughter was the same way.
The brand name is Clear Tract, and I am not sure where you can get it, but if you google the D-Mannose, you will probably find it.
I have my elderly mother on a maintenance dose of this product and it has kept her out of the hospital as she cannot take antibiotics by mouth.

My daughter too started to say it hurts when I pee, so to the docs we went. She didnt have a blader infection but what my docs called vaginitis. Her skin was raw. They told me to put diaper rash cream all over and give her a mild bath. She was feeling better by the end of the day. Good Luck!!

mix a little sugar with the cranberry juice or mix it with another juice she likes.
there is raspberry-cranberry juice from juicyjuice that tastes pretty good.

i got bladder and kidney infections often when i was younger, and still do. so i keep cranberry juice in my diet ;}

I agree with everyone else. Your doctor has suggested the best thing for your daughter. She may actually like the taste, so don't go by what you like & don't like. You can dilute it with a little water if the taste is too strong for her.

Also, if it's a vaginal yeast infection I've heard yogurt can help clear it up.

Poor little thing. I personally have regular bladder/kidney infections, and I also hate the taste of cranberry juice. I have found that if you mix it with orange juice (1/2 and 1/2) that it tastes so much better. The orange juice is also good for killing bacteria b/c of the acid it contains and studies are suggesting that chronic bladder infections could be caused by a lack of vitamin c. good luck!

Cranberry juice can be found cut with alot of other juices now. Cranberry and Apple, Cranberry and Grape, Cranberry Rasberry, etc. Try those or make your own mixture. Pick her favorite juice drink with 3/4 favorite drink and 1/4 Cranberry. I also would like to add, that having pain when your peeing is normal associated with yeast infections, but also can be a sign of kidney infections. As we get older the yeast infections untreated lead to bladder infections that lead to kidney infections, but there are cases of infants/toddlers that have kidney infections without the signs of yeast infections. I know, it was dicovered that I had a kidney infection when I was 4 months old. The doctors still can not tell why that was, just one of the many unexplained medical things. Try the cranberry mixes, and ask your doctor about testing for kidney infection, and function.
P.S. I was treated by being taking off breast-feed milk, and given goats milk. I doubt a 3 year old will go for goats milk, but explore the possibles with Soy milk, or yogart, etc. I had this kidney thing very young, and the doctors told my mom, that it was disturbing, and ran all kinds of kidney tests throughout my life (my mom was sure there was a problem, or going to be a problem in the future). I'm 42, and never had a problem with my kidneys. Yes, I was prone to yeast and bladder infections if I let things go.

Talk to your doctor about getting her tested for kidney infection, and her kidney function. It is probably just her body adjusting to growing, and new foods....but why not check.

I've had bladder and kidney infections since I was 3. it is caused by a small urethra. they tried to stretch it when i was 4 1/2 because it caused infections. so, you can mix cranberry juice with tons of stuff and disguise the bitterness. I used to pick really sweet juices to balance it out. now i'll use sprite, or flavored water. water is good for it too. Also, make sure you don't use any oil in her bath. it can cause an infection too! good luck!


You can mix half cranberry and half orange juice and it tastes much better.

Best wishes,

I have heard that blueberry juice is supposed to also be good for your kidneys and bladder. I have not tried the juice, but I have taken blueberry tablets with past urinary tract infections and it seemed to help. I do see blueberry juice in the stores but it is usually mixed with cranberry juice I think. Hope this helps!

M. give her the cranberry juice with a little oj in it it chages the tast and its not that bad, I drink it and I cant stand cranberry juice

She's probably chapped. Have her sit in a bath for a little while then use some diaperrash cream. My daughters have had that problem also and this is what has always worked.


Your doctor gave you great advice with the cranberry juice, and just because you do not like it, doesn't mean your daughter won't.

Mixing it with sugar is not a good idea because it could potentially irritate the symptom, so 100% cranberry juice is best for her little body. You can, however, dilute it with some water.

Hope this helps!

Have a great day,

Cranberry juice is used to clear up bladder infections. If she doesn't have a bladder infection then the cranberry juice might not do any good. Has she been checked for a vaginal yeast infection? Little girls her age are prone to them. In case of a yeast infection, eating yogurt everyday might help. I would get a doctor's opinion before treating her with over the counter stuff.

Please don't forego the cranberry juice simply because you don't like the taste! Your daughter could surprise you and really like it.

Besides- the doctor was right. Cranberry juice is the absolute best she could be drinking for this problem. It has tons of antioxidants and other properties that really help keep your urinary tract healthy.

Best of luck to you.

My daughter will be three in Dec. and several months ago she had a urinary tract infection. The doc prescribed antibiotics and also suggested cranberry juice. She didn't like plain cranberry juice but we bought a cranberry/grape juice and she loved it. You could also try giving her extra water to drink too because it should dilute her urine so it doesn't burn coming out. I hope this is helpful.

I am not trying to make you worry but I would keep an eye on that she could very well possibly have a kidney stone. I am only saying this because I myself have been diagnoseed with Cystinuria which is a genitic disorder that causes people to form stones and most people diagnosed with Cystinuria are diagnosed at a very young age. Hopefully my advise has been at least little helpfull.
For more infor mation on cystinuria you can go to

Hopefully everything works out for you

you could always try watering down the cranberry juice or if she will drink water then drinking water is great. My thinking is she is 3 and 3 yr olds always hold their pee anyways so that might be what the problem is. If my child was still complaining by Thursday or Friday and she has been drinking cranberry juice and/or water, I would call the Dr back.
Good Luck!

I gave my daughter white cranberry juice. She actually drank it and i tried it and it was alot better then regular cranberry juice its not as tart.

Hi M.. My daughter has had many issues with this, so I do have some tips.
*Do try the cranberry juice - my daughter actually likes it, and I also remind her that the doctor said it is good for her, which helps.
*Do not give her bubble baths. If the problem persists, also eliminate any other 'fun' bathtime soaps, tablets, etc, she may use. Also use mild soap. My doc recommends Dove and I still also use Johnson's even though she is now four.
*Try a baking soda bath (about 1/4 cup) if there is visible external irritation.
*Kids under 6 do not typically get kidney infections, and if it is one, she would most likely have a fever
*Take her to the potty every 2 hours to make sure she completely empties - will lessen discomfort
*Just a warning - my daughter started having accidents when this was happening, sometimes many in one day - so carry extra clothes!
Hope it helps!

You can mix cranberry with grape or apple juice. more grape or apple to cranberry. Unless she likes water then that would be a good choice also. I myself have this problem and the cause of mine is just the urine being too acidic. This could be your daughters problem also. Only thing is to drink more fluids to keep it flushed and diluted. Try that for a couple weeks and see if that helps. I am presuming she is potty trained. If not some diaper can irritate her and cause a lil burn when she goes. Or it could be your laundry detergent try a milder detergent like Trend. With lil girls this isnt totally uncommon. It does happen. Hope it helps

PS I see alot of people saying to mix with OJ. OJ is very acidic itself It isnt the best thing to use when it already burns when she pees. It can only irritate her more.

look up d-mannose and see if it is for children 3 year old and up

try putting the cranberry juice in the freezer like a popsicle and see if she will suck on it. that way you are getting more of the cranberry juice in her and not so much of the orange jice.

You could try giving her a mixed cranberry juice, like cranapple or cranraspberry. If you mix it with a white cranberry, like white cran strawberry, it is sweeter. Just a thought. It works for me, and my son who is 5 will actually drink it too.

Don't know if white cranberry juice would do the same amount of good but its taste isn't as sharp. Also cran-grape is really good. Many times milk will agravate a bladder problem.

mix it with orange juice, 1/2 & 1/2...it's not bad that way, not bitter tasting. And lots and lots of water

I am a new member: Hi, I read all of the many suggestions given to you. I agree, on those that mention drinking the cranberry juice. I use it when I get an infection in my private parts. I really believe, that your child needs to drink more water. When you don't drink water, your urine, get very strong and therefore, it is like acid: And you know that acid will burn. She may have sat on an unclean toilet seat and picked up an infection. Please have your doctor check for this. I will be praying for you and your child.

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