Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Proper Hygiene Protects against Urinary Infections

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Proper Hygiene Protects against Urinary Infections

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Dear Doctor K: I think my 4-year-old daughter may have a urinary tract infection. How will it be treated? And what can I do to make sure she doesn't get another one?

Dear Reader: A urinary tract infection (UTI) occurs when bacteria infect urine in the kidneys, bladder or urethra, a small tube that connects the bladder to the outside.

Some girls and women have a tendency to get repeated UTIs. One reason is that some women inherit a tendency to have bacteria stick more easily to the cells of their urinary tract.

UTIs can cause fever, pain with urination, back pain and stomach pain. Repeated UTIs over months and years can cause kidney damage, particularly if they are not treated promptly.

UTIs are painful and uncomfortable. …

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