Lily, 7 years, from Kent met an Embarrassing Bodies resident GP, to discuss the problem of recurrent urine infections she had been experiencing. Following their advice, Lily visited Mr Freddie Banks at Spire Bushey Hospital in Bushey, Hertfordshire where he advised her about changing her drinking and voiding habits.
“Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are common in young girls and can usually be treated by better drinking habits” says Freddie Banks.
Recurrent urine infections in young girls are common, and are typically caused by inadequate drinking. It is relatively rare to find abnormalities with the kidneys or bladder and these are easily seen with an ultrasound. Constipation goes hand in hand with recurrent UTIs. Parents often do not realise how little their child drinks at school, and commonly water or juice bottles will come back from school still full. Similarly, parents often do not realise that their child may deliberately avoid school toilets, so sometimes they do not even have one wee a day. The net result is that urine stagnates in the bladder which leads to irritation and infections. “Lifestyle modifications” of simply getting a child to drink plenty of water and void regularly throughout the day will reduce or even eradicate the problem. It is rare that an operation is required. Lifestyle changes do require lots of encouragement and persistence and it is essential that parents act as role models.”
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Mr Freddie Banks and Lily will be featured on Embarrassing Bodies, Channel 4 at 9pm on Monday 16 April 2012.