What kinds of urinary issues are seen in our children?
The most common urinary issue in children is a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) or bladder infection. The infection is far more frequent in girls than in boys due to basic anatomy. In 95% of the cases, intestinal Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria have entered the bladder because of close proximity to the anus. UTIs can occur when bacteria enters anywhere along the urinary tract, but the lower part, which is the urethra and bladder, is the most common occurrence and this is called cystitis. A UTI may cause obvious uncomfortable symptoms such as burning, pain, and/or urgency with urination; however, there may also only be a fever which is not caused by anything else. The child may also be fussy, lack hunger, nauseous or could possibly vomit. The urine will have a strange foul smell and maybe pink, red or cloudy with traces of blood. The child might also experience pain in the lower abdomen or just below the rib cage and above the waist on one or both sides of the back.
What will your doctor tell you about your child’s urinary issues?
UTIs are generally considered urgent to prevent the spreading of infection and reducing the chances of kidney damage. Your child’s doctor will most likely prescribe an antibiotic and maybe some added medication to help stop the UTI symptoms as quickly as possible. Doctors will advise parents to make sure that girls wipe themselves properly to avoid infection and that all children should not hold their urine for long periods of time. Constipation is also another factor doctors say may trigger UTIs. Many doctors today suggest cranberry juice as it is a proven effective treatment for preventing UTIs.
Another way to think about urinary issues:
UTIs are an indication of an underlying immune problem especially if the infections are chronic. Although a UTI may seem like a simple bladder infection, it may be part of the collective toxic overload your child is undergoing which is also affecting the child’s sensory, nervous, immune and neurological systems. Antibiotics will only have a negative impact by further overloading the immune system and causing more concern for the child’s physical health and neurodevelopment:
- Overuse may be a contributing toxic overload factor for children under 3 years of age interrupting achievement of their developmental milestones.
- Antibiotics kill good bacteria and bad bacteria leaving the G.I. Tract (gut) predisposed to yeast overgrowth, c. difficile, diarrhea, candida, and other pathogens
- Many antibiotics have terrible side effects and may trigger allergic reactions
- Antibiotics do not successfully kill all the bacteria and some bacteria may persist in a resting state causing another infection later on
- Unnecessary antibiotics with children prevent them from strengthening their own cellular defense system leaving their immune system weakened.
Talk to your healthcare practitioner about these options:
- Drinking plenty of water with unsweetened cranberry juice (may add stevia to sweeten–stevia is antibacterial) throughout the day and empty the bladder regularly.
- D-Mannose – is a glyconutrient that repopulates the good bacteria in the bladder to prevent re-infection.
- Vitamin C, zinc, goldenseal, marshmallow and uva ursi drops to fight the infection.
- A good probiotic to keep the good intestinal microflora fighting the bad bacteria (there are special probiotics specific for UTI)
- Homeopathic cantharsis or pulsatilla are most widely used for UTI pain and discomfort.
- Thieves Oil to fight infection – massage, bathe and make a tea
If you have addressed these issues and are still dealing with urinary issues:
- Ask your pediatrician to run some laboratory tests that give information about possible food sensitivities and allergies, Test for IgG,IgA,IgE and IgM. Other testing could show deficiencies in vitamins and minerals, bacterial overgrowth and gluten and casein sensitivities.
- You may try Acupuncture, Chiropractic adjustments, and/or Craniosacral therapy
- A classical homeopathic may help with the underlying emotional issues as well as the physical ones.
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For further resources:
Hinhumpatch P, Navasumrit P, Chaisatra K, Promvijit J, Mahidol C, Ruchirawat M. Oxidative DNA damage and repair in children exposed to low levels of arsenic in utero and during early childhood: application of salivary and urinary biomarkers. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2013;273(3):569-79 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24128852