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Ok, little girls shouldnt take a lot of bubble baths, right? So what about just dropping in a drip or two of shampoo to make bubbles...same thing? Or ok?

My dd loves the bubbles....so instead of bubble bath...I have been just doing a dollop of shampoo under the running water.

Could this cause a UTI or is this better?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 8:49 PM on Apr. 8, 2010 in Kids' Health

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  • I actually never heard of that,lol. I give my daughter a bubble bath everynight! Hope I'm not doing anything to hurt her. eek. I will have to ask her doc. Glad you posted this!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:51 PM on Apr. 8, 2010

  • OP HERE:

    I just know that a lot of bubble baths can potentially cause UTI's...not always I guess but it increases the risk. Not really sure why though....maybe we will get more input.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:52 PM on Apr. 8, 2010

  • My daugher has bubble baths
    Mrs.Owen86

    Answer by Mrs.Owen86 at 8:54 PM on Apr. 8, 2010

  • No bubble baths. Although we usually think of soapy bubbles as good cleaning agents, it turns out that not only is bubble bath an irritant to the skin, soapy solutions are perfect places for bacteria to thrive. A common cause of bladder infections in girls is high bacterial contamination from bubble baths, so these should be avoided in girls with UTIs. If your daughter doesn't have a problem with urinary tract infections, short bubble baths (about 15 minutes), followed by rinsing in clear water, are OK. If possible, she also should urinate immediately after a bubble bath.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:55 PM on Apr. 8, 2010

  • i just use mild baby shampoo / wash. i get it at the dollar store for a buck. i figure if it's gentle enough to use on a newborn, it's not going to harm my toddlers : )
    bestmommyeber

    Answer by bestmommyeber at 8:55 PM on Apr. 8, 2010

  • Is it true that bubble baths cause urinary tract infections in children?

    Expert Answers
    The BabyCenter Editorial Team

    Indirectly, maybe.

    Parents are often cautioned not to use bubble bath because it can contribute to urinary tract infections (UTIs). But no studies have proven a link between bubble bath and UTIs, says Ranjiv Mathews, associate professor of pediatric urology at Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore.

    So what's the connection?

    Bubble bath – in fact, any kind of strong soap or even soapy water – can irritate the opening of a child's urethra if it isn't rinsed off completely. Once the irritation begins, it can become painful to urinate, causing the child to hold her urine, which can lead to a UTI.

    Some experts recommend delaying bubble baths until your child is at least 3 years old, but others, like Mathews, recommend avoiding them altogether. They also say it's better n
    BradenIsMySon

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 8:56 PM on Apr. 8, 2010

  • * Genital area burning or itching in your girls
    * No pain or burning with urination, no vaginal discharge.

    Cause

    * Main cause in young girls: a soap irritation of the vulva or outer vagina (soap vulvitis) from bubble bath, shampoo or other soap.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:56 PM on Apr. 8, 2010

  • ANY soapy water can cause them....this has been known for awhile.
    BradenIsMySon

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 8:57 PM on Apr. 8, 2010

  • No baths period in this house. One of my DDs was getting a fair number of bladder infections/UTIs, so we switched to showers only - instant stop to infections. Tried baths with nothing in the water and BAM infection. We do showers only now. Yeah, they'd all love baths, they ask all the time, but I'm not going to risk my kids urinary health for a bath. A dollop of shampoo is NO different than bubble bath.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:40 PM on Apr. 8, 2010

  • My DD cannot take any bubble baths. I won't even do shampoo for bubbles. She gets completely irritated down there if she does.

    KairisMama

    Answer by KairisMama at 9:57 PM on Apr. 8, 2010

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