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what do they do to test a 3 year old for a bladder/urinary tract infection?

my daughter has been having to go pee ALOT, and since i've noticed it, i've been trying to get her to drink more water too, because i know that is supposed to help. but if i take her to the doctor, how would they figure out what she has? and do they prescribe something for that, or do they just tell you to have them drink more water? cause i know someone who's mom is a nurse, and if she had one, she'd just make her drink lots of water and let her go to the bathroom.

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:48 PM on Apr. 14, 2009 in Health

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  • Actually, have them check her blood sugar. But to test for a UTI they have them pee in a cup or cath her.

    Answer by SusieD250 at 12:49 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

  • They make them pee in a bowl type thing that goes on the toilet. They test it to see it there are white cells in the urine. if so, she has a UTI.

    If she does have a UTI, most Dr's will prescribe an antibiotic.

    Answer by mom2twobabes at 12:50 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

  • my dd was about 1 and a half when she got checked and i felt so bad because what they did with her was put this bag on her private that had like tape on it to stick to her and like 15 minutes later they pulled it off and she started screaming it was tape you know? And then they done a cathiter then I really felt bad because she started screaming louder i wish they would had done one or the other instead of putting her through both. But yes they do give medicine for that and if she is 3 and she is potty trained what they will probably do first is try to get her to go in a cup or a bowel that they sit on the potty but if she doesn't do it then they will probably do the cathiter

    Answer by mommy5409 at 12:53 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

  • She will pee in a cup. If she has UTI then she will get antibiotics. But you have to watch antibiotics because they do commonly cause yeast infections in women and girls. A girl I know her daughter had a UTI at three, and then got the yeast infection from the antibiotics.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:53 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

  • If they give her antibiotics you can help avoid a yeast infection by giving her lots of yogurt.

    Answer by mom2twobabes at 12:55 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

  • thank you for all of your answers. Susie, why should i have them check her blood sugar?
    she is potty trained, but i am not sure how well she would pee in a cup.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:24 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

  • She will have to give a urine sample. As for the cup, they do have a bowl thing that sits in the toilet and she pees into that and then it is dumped into the cup. Try getting her to drink cranberry juice. I have been drinking the Tangerine-cranberry juice and it tastes like orange juice. If she has a UTI and is on anitbiotics, have her eat yogurt while on them and it will help prevent yeast infections.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 5:45 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

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