Wondering if your 3-year old has a urinary tract infection (UTI)? And if you should give them Azo to try and help them feel better? When your little one is in pain all you want to do is make them feel better, but you should be cautious before giving them adult medication.
Azo is otherwise known as Phenazopyridine and is a drug used to relieve the symptoms of urinary tract infections (UTIs). UTIs can affect people of any age. But the important question is whether it is safe to give Azo to your 3-year-old? I thought the same myself, so I did some research and found out.
So, can a 3-year-old take Azo? No, as recommended by the manufacturer. Azo should not be used by children under the age of 12 years old unless you have consulted a doctor1. If your 3-year-old has urinary pain then you should go to see the doctor as they could have an underlying medical problem. Azo only treats the symptoms (pain and discomfort) of a UTI and not the cause.
Now you know that your 3-year-old shouldn’t take Azo unless recommended by a doctor, but you may be thinking, my child is ill, is it really serious enough to take them to the doctor? And what can I do right now to make them feel more comfortable if they are in urinary pain?
How to Provide Comfort to Your 3-Year-Old with Urinary Pain
If you’re planning a visit to the doctor. I know that it can take time. How can you provide relief from urinary pain for your 3-year-old right now?
Urinary pain and discomfort can be frustrating, painful, and confusing for your 3-year-old. So here are the best tips I could find to help keep them comfortable before they can get the right treatment from the doctor.
1. Drink water
Encourage your 3-year-old to carry on drinking water. They are going to feel like stopping because of the pain of passing water. Offer water to them regularly and encourage them to take small sips. It will help flush out the bacteria and keep them hydrated.
Don’t be tempted to give them too much. Just offer regular little sips to avoid dehydration.
2. Use heat to soothe the pain
UTIs can cause pain around the lower abdomen and back area. This can be best comforted with heat. Wrap up a hot water bottle in a towel and keep it against the painful area to try and reduce their pain and discomfort. Any heat source will do, just don’t place it against their skin or have it too hot.
3. Cut out irritants from their diet
If they are hungry/thirsty then be wary of giving them the following food and drinks that could cause more irritation to their UTI.
- Caffeine (Found in cola or chocolate for example).
- Spicy Food
- High sugar food/drinks
- Carbonated drinks
- Artificial sweeteners
4. Encourage them to use the toilet
When you have a UTI it is excruciatingly painful to use the toilet. This will make your 3-year-old reluctant to go. You should encourage your 3-year-old to carry on using the toilet while if they have a UTI because it helps flush out the bacteria causing the problem.
I hope those tips help soothe your 3-year-olds pain and discomfort until you can get them to a doctor and finally get the issue sorted.
You might be asking yourself, How did this happen? Can I prevent it from happening again? I did a lot of research about how to prevent UTIs in 3-year-olds after it happened to my family and this is what I came up with.
How to prevent your 3-year-old from getting another UTI infection
Here are the best tips and advice I found from all across the internet for preventing any more UTI infections. I have put all my hours of research into this one convenient list for you:
1. Encourage your 3-year-old to empty their bladder completely and as soon as they need to go
Holding in urine and failing to drain their bladder completely is a significant cause of UTIs. 3-year-olds can get lost in their own world and sometimes just forget to use the bathroom. Remind them to take regular bathroom breaks. When they do go to the toilet, make sure you monitor them and make sure they aren’t rushing and take the time to drain their bladder fully.
2. Wipe from front to back
It may seem silly, but children are only learning to use the bathroom. Simple skills that as adults we take for granted, like using toilet paper, might be difficult for them to understand. Supervise how they are using toilet paper and encourage them to wipe in the right direction. Front to back. This stops the spread of bacteria.
3. Offer water regularly
Getting a 3-year-old to drink enough water every day seems like a difficult task. They are busy having fun and playing, they don’t have much time for stopping for a refreshingly cool drink. So try to offer them water frequently throughout the day to remind them. A steady flow of clean water through their bladder discourages bacteria growth and reduces UTIs.
4. Try more showers
Children love baths but it might be time to introduce a few showers. Showers are less likely to let bacteria get into the areas that can cause UTIs. So if you change some of their baths each week into showers they can keep some of their fun bath times but also stay cleaner and reduce UTIs
5. Wear loose-fitting comfortable clothing
If your 3-year-olds clothing is too tight-fitting it can cause moisture to be kept near the skin. Heat and moisture create the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. So keep clothing loose, comfortable, and well ventilated to prevent problems.
6. Be careful of scented bath products
Although lovely smelling, perfumed bath products can cause your 3-year-old unwanted irritation in their sensitive areas. Think of scented bath products as a treat for your 3-year-old rather than using them frequently. It’s much healthier for the natural oils of their skin and keeps sensitive areas in a natural balance.
Why it’s Important to Get Your 3-Year-Old to the Doctor
Having a UTI is horrible. According to WebMD The symptoms your 3-year-old may get if they have a UTI are:
- A burning feeling when they urinate.
- Frequent and intense urge to urinate and little comes out when they do.
- Pain or pressure in their lower back or abdomen.
- Cloudy, dark, bloody, and strange-smelling urine.
- Feeling tired or shaky.
- Fever or chills (a sign it might have reached their kidney).
If your 3-year-old is experiencing symptoms like these then you need to head to the doctor. I feel for you because it’s a situation I’ve been in myself. I was full of worry and I was desperate to make my little one feel better. It’s a scary experience, so let me explain what will probably happen.
Visiting the Doctor – What Might Happen?
If you suspect that your 3-year-old has a urinary tract infection (UTI) and you have made your way to the doctor. Then let’s go through what’s likely to happen.
Firstly, your 3-year-old will be asked to give a urine sample. Then they will test your child’s urine to see if they can find any UTI causing bacteria. If they do find an infection then they will possibly prescribe your 3-year-old some antibiotics to clear it up.
It is vitally important that if your 3-year-old is given antibiotics to take then make sure that they finish the whole packet. Even if they seem to have made a complete recovery. If you don’t finish all of the antibiotics that the doctor prescribed, you risk the infection returning.
When taking those antibiotics make sure you offer your 3-year-old plenty of water to help flush out the infection.
Ask your doctor about medication to help soothe your 3-year-old’s pain and discomfort. Maybe they might prescribe something like Azo, but it’s safer to let them make that decision.
Can’t I Just Give My 3-Year-Old Cranberry Juice?
Apparently It’s common knowledge that you can treat UTIs with cranberry juice. This little red wonder berry contains a tannin that supposedly prevents E.coli bacteria (the main cause of UTIs) from sticking to the walls of their bladder. Where they could cause an infection.
So, should you just give your 3-year-old lots of cranberry juice to cure their UTI? No, the research doesn’t look convincing enough to rely on. I didn’t want to give my 3-year-old cranberry juice and hope their infection clears up. I visited the doctor.
There are plenty of studies that have looked into whether cranberry juice can prevent and treat UTIs. But there are mixed results. A 2012 review of 24 different studies produced the conclusion that cranberry juice did not significantly reduce UTIs2.
“Cranberry hasn’t been shown to be effective as a treatment for an existing UTI.”– NCCIH (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health).
Hi, my name is Gavin and together with my wife we are the proud parents of twins. We believe that learning more about your children will help you be a better parent and love your 3 year old even more. That’s why we created At3yearsold.com, just for you!