15 Home Remedies for UTI in Toddlers

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Most adults are well aware of the pain, burning, and discomfort of a urinary tract infection through experience. Because of that experience getting relief for your toddlers, whenever they contract a UTI carries a great deal of urgency. Making use of one or several of the following 15 home remedies for UTI in toddlers, you can help provide relief for your child.

Keep in mind that although these are effective home remedies, they are not all-inclusive cures. For more severe or a greater frequency of UTIs, you should consult a healthcare professional for advice and treatment.

1. Pineapple

Pineapple is something your toddler will probably enjoy and it makes a great home remedy for UTI as well. The enzyme, bromelain, found in pineapples is not only anti-inflammatory to bring pain relief but also helps to eliminate the bacteria causing the infection.

What to do:

  • Eating fresh, not canned, pineapple and drinking freshly extracted juice will help.
  • To get the most bromelain, you must make juice using the husks and core of the pineapple as well.
  • Place the husks and core in a pot with 3 to 4 quarts of water and boil them for about an hour.
  • Allow the water to cool and then puree the husks and core, adding some of the water in your blender.
  • Strain out the pulp and add the remaining water, plus additional fresh water to make 2 quarts of juice.
  • Serve this juice to your toddler 2 to 3 times per day.

2. Indian Gooseberry and Turmeric

The combination of Indian gooseberry and turmeric for treating UTI in toddlers is a common home remedy in India. The rich source of vitamin C found in the gooseberries helps to fight off the infection while turmeric serves the purpose of reducing inflammation and pain.

What to do:

  • Mix together 1 tsp of powdered Indian gooseberry with 1 tsp of turmeric.
  • Add the mixture to 2 cups of water and boil until you reduce the liquid by about half.
  • Allow the mixture to cool before serving it.
  • This should be consumed 3 times a day for a week.

3. Ginger

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A home remedy for UTI which is found in nearly every household or is easy to get a hold of is ginger. Ginger is both an antioxidant, which helps get rid of the infection, but it also has anti-inflammatory properties to get rid of the pain and burning. Besides those two things, it is an excellent ingredient for helping to promote better digestion.

What to do:

  • Adding powdered ginger to your child’s meals on a regular basis will help prevent UTIs in the first place.
  • The best ginger tea comes from simmering about 1 Tbsp of peeled and sliced ginger root in 1 ½ cups of water for about 10 minutes.
  • Strain the tea and add lemon and honey to taste. Note: Do not give honey to children under 1 year of age.
  • Serve cooled ginger tea to your toddler a couple of times per day.

4. Coconut Oil

One of the best home remedies for UTI in toddlers is coconut oil. The medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil are high in antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which help relieve both the symptoms and the source of the infection.

What to do:

  • Coconut oil is certainly a great option for a cooking oil.
  • It can be added to fruit juices, especially citrus, and add an interesting flavor your toddler won’t turn down.
  • Coconut oil can also be applied to the entrance of the urethra as a way to bring some added relief.
  • Add coconut oil in some form to your toddler’s daily diet two to three times daily.

5. Lemon and Tartar

Lemon and tartar are another pair of ingredients which are a traditional home remedy for UTI. Because of its high vitamin C, lemon is loaded with antioxidants to help eliminate the cause of the infection. Cream of tartar is rich in potassium, which helps in the reduction of inflammation and pain.

What to do:

  • Mix 2 tsp of freshly extracted lemon juice with 1 tsp of cream of tartar.
  • Add 1 cup of warm water and mix well.
  • Serve this to your toddler twice a day for a week.

6. Parsley

A very gentle and easy remedy for treating UTI in toddlers makes use of the rich nutrients of parsley. Not only will parley ease any pain in the digestive tract, but it will help to stimulate your kidneys and bladder to help flush out the infection as well.

What to do:

  • Place 1 tsp of dried parsley or ½ cup of fresh parsley in a saucepan with 2 cups of water.
  • Bring the water to a boil and then simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Strain out the parsley and retain the tea.
  • Allow the tea to cool and add lemon and honey to taste.
  • Serve this tea to your toddler twice a day.

7. Garlic

garlic cloves on table

Garlic has plenty of benefits when it comes to treating UTI in toddlers, the greater challenge will be getting them to eat it. It is antibacterial in nature, boosts your child’s immune system to help fight off the infection and has some mild anti-inflammatory properties as well. The good news is that it does not take a lot of garlic to produce the desired effects.

What to do:

  • The best thing to do is to cook with garlic on a regular basis so that your toddler is already used to the flavor.
  • Soups are a great place to serve garlic to your toddler as the flavor can be masked in them.
  • You can disguise the strong flavor of garlic with honey and give it like cough syrup as well.

8. Warm Water

It seems much too simple, but warm water is a major home remedy for UTI in toddlers. Warm water encourages better blood circulation. Better blood circulation helps to speed up the healing process to the affected area. The infection is also flushed out of your child’s system using warm water.

What to do:

  • Obviously, drinking warm water will help to flush out the infection, but soaking in warm water is also beneficial.
  • Allow your toddler to soak in a warm bath for ten to fifteen minutes on a daily basis.

9. Eat More Vegetables

pineapple detox juice

When it comes to home remedies for UTI in toddlers diet becomes an important factor in both prevention and treatment. Fresh vegetables are an integral part of a diet that can help relieve and prevent UTIs because of the content of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are contained in them. Vegetables provide the nutrients necessary for helping your kidneys to filter and flush toxins from your child’s body as well.

What to do:

  • Green vegetables, carrots, and beats are some of the best vegetables to bring relief to UTIs.
  • Vegetables are also a great place to include garlic and other helpful herbs without your child noticing.
  • Provide 4 to 6 servings of these vegetables to your toddler daily.

10. Cranberry Juice

Nearly anyone who has ever suffered from a UTI knows that the best cure is cranberry juice. Cranberry juice is also a go-to home remedy when treating UTI in toddlers. The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties of cranberry juice are what has made it such a popular treatment to flush out a urinary tract infection fast.

What to do:

  • Purchasing cranberry juice without additives can be done if you read labels.
  • If you cannot get juice without sugar and additives take 6 cranberries and extract their juice using an extractor or blender.
  • Add about 1 cup of water to dilute the juice.
  • You may need to add a little bit of salt and or honey to get your toddler to drink it.
  • Serve this two to three times daily.

11. Baking Soda

Baking soda, as a remedy for UTI in toddlers, might come as something of a surprise to some. Acidity in the urinary tract not only encourages the growth of bacteria, but it is also part of what causes the burning associated with a UTI. Baking soda helps to raise the pH level in the urinary tract of your toddler in order to get rid of both the symptoms and source of the problem.

What to do:

  • Dissolve 1 tsp of baking soda in 1 cup of warm water or add it to other juice.
  • Serve this to your toddler twice a day, but do not exceed more than 1 week of treatment.

12. Celery Seeds

Another top home remedy used in the treatment of UTI in toddlers are celery seeds. The compounds in celery seeds are excellent for stimulating kidney and bladder function, which helps to flush out the infection. In addition, celery seeds have an anti-bacterial property to them as well.

What to do:

  • If you are able, get your toddler to thoroughly chew and swallow three celery seeds and then follow it up with water or juice.
  • In addition, you can brew a tea using celery seeds in a similar manner to the ginger tea recipe listed above and serve it two to three times per day.

13. Cucumber

One of the easiest UTI in toddlers home remedies to try out involves cucumbers. Cucumbers are another excellent way to stimulate property kidney and bladder function to help filter out the toxins causing and aggravating your child’s condition. In addition, cucumbers have a high water content to help with flushing out the urinary tract.

What to do:

  • Place a cucumber in a juice extractor or blender along with an apple and 1 cup of water.
  • Serve this juice to your toddler 2 to 3 times daily.

14. Horseradish and Yogurt

The combination of horseradish and milk is another sure remedy for UTI in toddlers. Horseradish has anti-inflammatory properties and also encourages improved bladder and kidney function. Yogurt has beneficial bacteria which helps improve intestinal health and reduce inflammation as well.

What to do:

  • Place 1 tsp of horseradish powder in 1 cup of plain yogurt.
  • You can add a little honey or some berries to help smooth out the flavor.
  • Repeat this remedy daily for a week.

15. Vitamin C

Many of the recipes above make use of ingredients with high vitamin C content. Vitamin C is an important contributor to the prevention and treatment of UTI in toddlers. The antioxidant properties of vitamin C are what reduces the spread and growth of bacteria in the urethra.

What to do:

  • Serving your toddler fruits and vegetables, whole or in juice, is the best defense against the development of UTIs.
  • Adding a vitamin C supplement on a daily basis can only improve the chances of your child avoiding UTIs or flushing them out of his or her system quickly.

Conclusion

The burning and pain associated with UTI is certainly something that will cause any parent to spring into action and search for a remedy whenever their toddler contracts one. Be sure to make use of the home remedies for UTI in toddlers listed above and work toward prevention as much as treatment. In addition, your questions, comments, additional recipes and tips are always welcome; just add them to the section below.

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James Beattie

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