C.K. asks from Parma, MI on June 04, 2008
My daughter has started scratching herself "down there". She has been complaining about it hurting when she pees. Could this be a urinary tract infection? Is it abnormal for such a young child to get one?
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Thanks for all the advice! Took her to the dr. and it looks like the bubbles in the bath are irrating her. Gave her a clear bath with baking soda and it looks much better today. She also says it feels better so that makes me feel better too! Thanks.
L.L. answers from Grand Rapids on June 05, 2008
J.A. answers from Detroit on June 05, 2008
Yes, it is possible for her to have an infection. She should go to the dr. Could get from improper wiping or bacteria from feces.
A.C. answers from Detroit on June 05, 2008
I do not think it is uncommon. What sort of liquid does she drink. You might want to call the Drs and see what they might think. But if she will drink cranberry juice then let her have a few glasses and lots of H2O.
E.G. answers from Detroit on June 05, 2008
My daughter had a Urinary tract infection when she was 3. She had to see a specialist and complained with much the same symptoms. I'd take her to the doctor asap.
R.B. answers from Lansing on June 05, 2008
She definately has a UTI or even yeast infection. Take her to the doctors.
A.A. answers from Detroit on June 05, 2008
When my daughter was 2 she did the same thing for a very long time and after millions of Dr. visits to specialists at U of M who tried every different ointment in the book, my instincts told me that it was something she was eating or drinking. So, I stopped all apple juice because she used to drink it like a fish. Three days after stopping all juices cold turkey the itching stopped! She is now 5 and a half and we have done lots of allergy testing which always comes up negative for foods, but I have found that anything with red food coloring makes her itch again as well as any juice.
Hope this helps.
L.B. answers from Grand Rapids on June 05, 2008
Anytime it hurts to go potty, there is something going on. So my suggestion, would be to take her to your Doctor as soon as you can. It sounds like an infection but there are other things that could be going on also..
B.W. answers from Detroit on June 09, 2008
It could be an UTI. My daughter had a very bad one at the age of 18 months. One of the big signs that your daughter may have an UTI is if her urine smells really strong especially first thing in the morning. My daughter kept showing me that her back hurt her just above the waist ( where the kidneys are) and also had a very high fever after a couple of days. It started, though, with her just being very cranky. If in doubt have her checked out. They will have to get a fresh urine sample so make sure she drinks plenty before going to the doctors. And if she isn't potty trained yet I would suggest asking for a "puck" which is just a bag that they tape over her vaginal area to catch the pee. Otherwise your daughter will have to get a catheter and I speak from experience that neither you nor your daughter will want to go through that trauma. Good luck.
J.Z. answers from Detroit on June 04, 2008
No, they can get them - but your daughter needs to be checked out by her doctor and if she does have one, receive a course of antibiotics. They are fairly easy to treat, but left untreated can cause permant kidney damage.
J.N. answers from Detroit on June 05, 2008
My 2 1/2 year old does this, too. I never considered an infection... I hope it's not. I just figured she's potty-training, and maybe not wiping as good as we used to with wipes at diaper changes. I've also heard this is the age when they start discovering themselves. We were out at dinner tonight, and she felt like showing off her "boobies." :oD. So embarassing, but a totally natural "stage."
M.T. answers from Detroit on June 04, 2008
If she is potty trained, it may be from the way she is wiping. Also, baths can cause irritation down there. My daughter also had this problem and since I started giving her showers she has not be scratching. This is what the doctor told me and advised me to do. I was also told to put her in a bath with baking soda. It is the soap in the water that would be irritating her.