Crying in bath.....urinary Tract Infection?

Updated on December 27, 2010
L.M. asks from Chandler, AZ
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All of a sudden the past few nights my daughter, 15 mos., has started crying hard the instant I put her in the bathtub. Nothing has changed in her bath time routine, but she won't stop crying until she's taken out. Someone mentioned calling the doctor in case of an Urinary Tract Infection. She doesn't have a fever and I had never heard that it might burn or be uncomfortable to sit in a bath with a bladder infection. Just wondering if this makes since to anyone that she might indeed have one. Thanks!

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answers from Portland on

It's really common for kids to suddenly hate the bath, and it's generally just a phase that can last for a couple of weeks or a couple of months. My dauther loved bathing until she hit those weeks, and then loved it again. Same for my grandson. Just be patient, positive, and as gentle as possible. It will pass eventually.

If she has a UTI that would be irritated by bathing, she'd probably also be in pain when she pees.

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answers from Spokane on

That shouldn't be because of a UTI. Does she complain of pain during urination? However, that doesn't mean other parts down there couldn't be irritated. Does she seem overly red in that area? When my daughter was that age she developed a reaction to the materials in her diaper and because she was irritated down there the bath didn't feel very good. My naturopath had me put baking soda and apple cider vinegar in the bath. I wasn't sure about it, but I admit that the vinegar (it MUST be apple cider vinegar and preferably with the Mother still in it) really is soothing. If she has a yeast infection (yes, it really can happen on little girls) it really helps with that. Just simply fill the tub to the top of her hips or belly button, and place a half cup of vinegar in; that's it. There will be a slight smell but it will dissipate. Let her sit in it as long as she'll stand it. That works for adults too! (Especially if you have chronic yeast infections, it helps balance the PH). Also, avoid all bubble baths and soaps/body wash with a lot of additives and chemicals in them. They're not nice to such delicate skin.

It's also possible that something inadvertently scared her and she's connected it with the bath, hence she doesn't want one. Have you tried giving her a bath in a different location such as the kitchen sink or a large plastic tub on the table? If she's fine with that, then it's something to do with the bath tub. If it doesn't help, it's probably the water scaring her and with a lot of love and patience, she'll get over it. Good luck!

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answers from Honolulu on

It is probably the phase they go through, when they start hating baths.
Then one day, they like it again.
Both my kids did that too.
But, you can always give her a bath, without bubbles or bubble bath. Since that aggravates little girl's parts and can sometimes irritate that area.

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answers from Philadelphia on

My daughter just got off antibiotic for a UTI. her symptoms started on the wkend when her pediatrician did not have office hours but the nurses call center actually told us to give her a warm bath with baking soda to soothe her. I was skeptical but it actually helped.
I would be very surprised if her reaction to the bath is a UTI. She has no symptoms of a UTI. My bet is she is maturing and now simply does not like the feel of her bath. It is probably just a phase that will pass.

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answers from Houston on

My daughter is 19 months and she went through this phase for about a week or so. I'm not sure why. All of a sudden she just didn't want to be in the bathtub when before she loved it. The only thing I could figure is that she started to realize that her brothers were still playing and she wanted to play too instead of stopping to take a bath. So, now I try to give them a bath altogether and that helps. She doesn't cry anymore and didn't have a urinary tract infection either.

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