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Post: # 107057Post MrsD'ville
Mon Jun 02, 2008 7:29 pm

Umm, I don't know if I'm allowed to ask questions about alternative ways of treating illnesses here? I don't want to get into trouble so please just scrub my post, Mods, if I've contravened section 12, subclause 47b!

Our 6 yo DD has a UTI, I know they're very common in little girls. I'm sure I'll end up taking her to the doc but I do prefer to leave antibiotics for really vital stuff, so wondered if there was anything else I could do for her? DH suffered with very bad kidney infections as a child so I don't want to leave DD in the grip of this, not to mention that she's in pain and up 20 times a night for the loo. I called the doc earlier but the first appointment was NEXT Monday! I've to call in the morning in the hopes of a same-day appt but in case we have to wait another day or more I wondered if anyone knew of anything I could do to soothe things for her?

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Mon Jun 02, 2008 7:52 pm

Usually if you call the doc and tell them the appointmet is for a child they will see the MUCH sooner - usually that day. UTIs aren't nice at all -although (touch wood) I've never had one myself - Ido know they are nasty and can do damage. In the mean time just keep her well hydrated with lots of water to try and flsuh her system. I've heard that things like cranberry juice or lemon juice in hot water are quite good - but I couldn't vouch for it. Hugs to you both and hope she's much better soon
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Post: # 107067Post Helsbells
Mon Jun 02, 2008 7:55 pm

Hi,
My big bad book of alternative remedies says that live yogurt can be eaten to help with cistitus or Urethritus (both infections of the urinary/bladder areas I believe)
Also try drinking cranberry juice, but be careful because any added sugar can irritate further.
Also try garlic which is really good for fighting infections, the book says as a tincture, but I havent ever seen garlic tincture, I know you can get it in capsule form.
I havent actually tried any of these for urinary tract infections but I have taken garlic before and found it very helpful when I had a gum infection.
Hope this helps.

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Post: # 107073Post MrsD'ville
Mon Jun 02, 2008 8:04 pm

I did tell them she was only six and in a fair bit of pain, bah humbug. I've never had a week's wait before, I was quite shocked.

Thanks for the other tips. We usually have lemon in the water at suppertime and normally eat positively anti-social quantities of garlic but we haven't had so much lately now I come to think of it. DD would find it absolutely hilarious if I shovelled yog into her innards from that direction, it would be worth it just for the fits of giggles! I have to go to the great god Morrisons tomorrow so might get some cranberry juice and a pot of Yeo Valley to start some of my own yog. If she does have anti-b's she'll definitely be needing the yoghurt anyway.

Just off to check out what precisely a tincture is...

Edited to say that yoghurt bit must sound a bit random - it jogged my memory that I'd seen it suggested as a topical remedy! Bit impractical before school but fine afterwards. :flower:
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Post: # 107083Post baldowrie
Mon Jun 02, 2008 8:30 pm

I would not leave a little of 6 with a suspected UTI for a week. If you can't an appointment with the GP straight ways try the out of hours GP or A&E. The last thing you want is for her to end up with kidney troubles.

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Mon Jun 02, 2008 8:30 pm

Rhubarb is reputed to be very good for the bladder and associated pipeworks. Poor little thing.

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Post: # 107087Post Helsbells
Mon Jun 02, 2008 8:53 pm

In my book it said to eat te yogurt, but could also be used as a douch :shock:
Not sure I would fancy that myself.

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Post: # 107100Post lsm1066
Mon Jun 02, 2008 9:35 pm

Cranberries, blueberries and celery are all great diuretics which will help flush the infection. Garlic is a fantastic anti-bacterial agent (they did experiments on Rough Science and garlic came out the best natural anti-bacterial agent).

Make sure, if you buy juice, that you buy cranberry juice, not cranberry juice drink as the latter contains extra sugar, which feeds the bacteria fantastically well. She may need antibiotics anyway, especially if she has to wait so long to see the GP. In which case, these will help when she's taking the drugs as well.

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Post: # 107103Post lucy.lists
Mon Jun 02, 2008 10:01 pm

Here in France you can get cranberry powder in capsules. Might be availabe there? I break open a capsule and stir it into fresh juice - my kids don't notice/mind the taste.

Also in the 'dietry' section of the supermarket here you can buy cranberry juice mixed with other sweeter juices, which my girls drink happily, and no sugar.

And I've heard lots of live yoghurt is good.

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Post: # 107130Post emmsy
Tue Jun 03, 2008 7:18 am

i hope she is ok, call the drs and demand an emergency appointment if she is in alot of pain, i suffered with this when i was a child

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Post: # 107132Post KellyB
Tue Jun 03, 2008 8:42 am

I would be calling back and demanding an appointment, poor little thing. If they still won't tell them you'd like a Dr to call you........sometimes it helps getting past the receptionist!!

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Post: # 107230Post MrsD'ville
Tue Jun 03, 2008 4:09 pm

Thanks for all the advice. I think the receptionist I spoke to last night had quietly pencilled us in, as when I rang this morning the different person I spoke to seemed to know about me and offered me an appt nice and early. P did a sample which will be sent off but they haven't started her on treatment yet.

I looked for cranberry juice but could only find sweetened drinks, so I'll look in the health food place tomorrow. For now she's drinking lots of water and squeaking when she goes to the loo. That reminds me, I put the bits out to make yoghurt then got distracted, better go and do it!
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Post: # 107258Post eccentric_emma
Tue Jun 03, 2008 7:27 pm

UTI's are just awful I am glad you managed to get an appt as once I had to be taken to A&E in the end as it was so bad. If it hurts when she goes to the toilet - try letting her go in the bath i.e. fill it up with a bit of water so she can sit in it and go. Seems to lessen the pain somewhat (although she may want to wash when she gets out!)
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Post: # 107286Post MrsD'ville
Tue Jun 03, 2008 9:55 pm

That's an excellent idea Emma, thank you. Ending up in A&E sounds horrible :? Yoghurt is quietly knitting to itself so I'm hoping I can lessen P's symptoms while we wait to hear whether her sample grew anything interesting.
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Wed Jun 04, 2008 2:29 am

Oh my freaking goodness! Leaving a little one for a week with a UTI :shock: what if had travelled up the system and infected her kidneys (happened to my sister last week poor thing).

In New Zealand we have a thing called 'inner health plus' which is a capsule with billions of live good bacteria. If you have a similar product available you could empty one into her yogurt to boost its goodness. Water. Lots and lots and lots of water. Get her to sip it as often as possible to keep her urine diluted. There are homeopathic remedies for UTI's if you're into homeopathy.

Hoping she heals quickly because I've had just one UTI and I never want to go there again.
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