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My 18 month has a UTI

Posted by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 8:57 PM
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Last night we spent all night in the ER.  My sons fever went from 100 to 105 in a matter of hours.  we opted to take him to the ER at about 1 am...Not long after we got there he had a seizure due to his high fever.  After a long night of testing the doctor tells me its all due to a Urinary track infection... I just recently started working and have noticed when I get home my son always has a near exploding diper My husband always say's he "just changed him"  but I've been finding it difficult to believe and after last nights episode I'm wondering if that is the issue?  Or the cause of his UTI???  And if it is how do I tell my husband?  He was so worried about our son last night, when Kai was having his seizure I looked back at my husband and he was in the background trembling and crying.  It would break his heart if he found out that he was part of the cause of all of it.  Any advice?  Or can an overly soiled diper be the cause of a UTI?

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Aslen
by Silver Member on Dec. 1, 2009 at 9:05 PM

Yes. It's really easy fpr bacteria to travel up the urethra and into the bladder, causing infection. If your DH wasn't changing him, then your DH was negligent, and to a point, the cause of the UTI. And YOU TELL THAT TO YOUR DH. Him being a man does NOT mean he can get away with it.

If your son is not circumcised, DO NOT let anyone tell you his foreskin caused the UTI. That is completely false.

Be sure to do the full course of antibiotics he was prescribed to make SURE the nfection is gone. I hope he feels better soon!

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brittneyfaith
by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 9:34 PM

Thank you :)  I wasn't planning on letting him get away with it, I've yelled at him plenty about this issue...I'm just concerned now that letting him know this was the cause will break his heart!  lol  But thank you so much for the info...I guess were going to have to have a long talk tonight

jackie8236
by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 10:29 PM

yes an overly filled diaper can cause it. my daughter was 3 months old and she had the same thing. we actually had to take her to a specialist to get her checked for reflux. i think it's harder for a boy to get one than it is for a girl. but it could also depend on if he has reflux or if he's circumcised or not. then of course, this could be a great scare tactic for your husband and to be on the safe side, he shouldn't let the diaper get to full. 

brittneyfaith
by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 10:48 PM


Quoting jackie8236:

yes an overly filled diaper can cause it. my daughter was 3 months old and she had the same thing. we actually had to take her to a specialist to get her checked for reflux. i think it's harder for a boy to get one than it is for a girl. but it could also depend on if he has reflux or if he's circumcised or not. then of course, this could be a great scare tactic for your husband and to be on the safe side, he shouldn't let the diaper get to full. 

Yeah he's been circumcised...I feel awful.  But your right this could be a great scare tactic and maybe now he will start paying more attention to our son when I'm gone!

AM-BRAT
by Amber on Dec. 1, 2009 at 11:53 PM

WOW I didn't know that. Hope he feels better, mama, and I hope daddy straightens up too!

 








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elly25
by on Dec. 2, 2009 at 12:04 AM

 Yes they can and so can soapy bath water.My daughter had one before.I gave her a bubble bath and it caused her to get one.No more bubble bathes for her. 

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Aslen
by Silver Member on Dec. 2, 2009 at 11:53 AM


Quoting jackie8236:

yes an overly filled diaper can cause it. my daughter was 3 months old and she had the same thing. we actually had to take her to a specialist to get her checked for reflux. i think it's harder for a boy to get one than it is for a girl. but it could also depend on if he has reflux or if he's circumcised or not. then of course, this could be a great scare tactic for your husband and to be on the safe side, he shouldn't let the diaper get to full. 


The overall risk of UTI in boys that aren't circumcised is 1% for the first year, after that the risk of UTI is exactly the same for circ'ed and intact boys.

http://aap.org/

search for their position statement on circumcision. All the info of rate of UTI is there.

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AmiJanell
by Silver Member on Dec. 2, 2009 at 12:32 PM

If he's allowing him to sit in a wet diaper for a long time, then it might cause an infection. But he may have really just changed him like he says... at 18 months they start to hold their pee a lot longer... my son is 16 months and I can check him and he'll be dry and the next thing I know he's soaking wet.

Most likely it was just a fluke.... UTI's happen often times without a cause.

If he starts having them often then you'll want to look into things further... but I would just assume this is a one time deal.

 

hotmom40ish
by on Dec. 2, 2009 at 4:22 PM

It is harder for little boys to get UTI"s than it is for girls. UTI's are caused when bacteria from not cleaning well or staying in a dirty diaper too long get into the urethra and start to grow in the urine.

Make sure little man takes all of the antibiotics, every drop. Also if you can get him to drink cranberry or cranapple/crangrape juice that will help flush his kidneys and speed up the process. You might could even water it down some if it is too tart. Water works great too, just takes longer. The acid in the cranberries helps kill the bacteria and keep the UTI from recurring.

Make sure when this is cleared up that he drinks plenty of fluids, and is changed as soon as possible after he poops. Also when he is cleaned use a separate wipe for the penis area then the back. That will help keep bacteria from getting into his bladder and starting another infection. Hope he feels better soon!

themountainmama
by on Dec. 2, 2009 at 5:19 PM


Quoting hotmom40ish:

It is harder for little boys to get UTI"s than it is for girls. UTI's are caused when bacteria from not cleaning well or staying in a dirty diaper too long get into the urethra and start to grow in the urine.

Make sure little man takes all of the antibiotics, every drop. Also if you can get him to drink cranberry or cranapple/crangrape juice that will help flush his kidneys and speed up the process. You might could even water it down some if it is too tart. Water works great too, just takes longer. The acid in the cranberries helps kill the bacteria and keep the UTI from recurring.

Make sure when this is cleared up that he drinks plenty of fluids, and is changed as soon as possible after he poops. Also when he is cleaned use a separate wipe for the penis area then the back. That will help keep bacteria from getting into his bladder and starting another infection. Hope he feels better soon!

I agree with this.  A dirty diaper doesn't cause a UTI.  Poop traveling up the urethra does.  Did they culture it out?  If so, my guess is the bug will be ecoli which has to do with a poopie diaper, not a wet one.  Also, soaking the diaper like that is sometimes a symptom of a UTI.  Not that a full pee diaper equals a UTI, but sometimes the bladder will fill and fill and the infection makes it hard to empty, finally the pee flows and really fills the diaper.  Anyway, good that you caught it.  High fevers like that are so very scary.  I also think that if your son has repeat UTIs, he should be seen by a urologist.  UTIs in boys is much less common than in girls and can sometimes have an underlying cause besides just ecoli contamination.

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