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Old 07-13-2011, 02:25 PM   #16
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Re: 3 year old - dead kidney?

Hi you are welcome. I would not use a whole lot of juice since it also is sweet, but some apple juice might be better than water with added sugar or additives which is another name for chemicals. Bacteria loves sweets I would feed more of the unsweet things as much as possible. In addition the white blood cells do not eat the bacteria so easily. I know she is only 3 but perhaps regular distilled water would be best. Does the flavored water have sugar in it? Perhaps now is a good time to try ordinary water without any flavor. I can see the rational for wanting the bladder empty as often as possible. I know it is said the more the bladder is emptied when an infection is present the better. I still think I would try most of the emptying in the day hours but of course this is always the parent/child decision.

Homemade oatmeal crackers might be kept down real well. These can be made by heating the oat flour a bit in a dry pan while stirring. Water and a small amount of salt can then be added (or left without if the doctor so ordered) and they can be formed into thin round patties and baked in a similar manner to a cookie without baking soda or sweets. These can be used in the morning before getting up like a pregnant woman to see if vomiting can be prevented.

Sometimes if the child vomits the food should be witheld for a short time and even water for a short time. Then when she is hungry or thirsty water should be tried first. Then when this is kept down a clear liquid juice such as apple juice. Then a full liquid can be tried after that is kept down well such as orange juice. Then soft food such as home made mashed potatoes or toast can be tried and as that is tolerated full solid food. Cranberries and blueberries might be added to the oatmeal and used as a baked oatmeal without sweets and if she can eat nut a few nuts might be added to this for added interest. On occasion the blueberries might be switched for the apples. It is good to keep just a few simple items in any one meal so that the meal itself is not too complex. In general a wide variety of various foods is good for health.
Rest may be needed after episodes of vomiting. Each day a walk outside in the sunshine and fresh air may also be useful in a pretty park. No one such as friends or family of any age should be allowed to smoke near her or drink alcohol etc. in her presence to be a good example for her future health habits and for an edge on lung health.

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Old 08-05-2011, 08:26 AM   #17
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Re: 3 year old - dead kidney?

Have you found anything out about your daughter? Not sure if you even still use this site, but I have a daughter that is 4 1/2 and we having been going through alot of the same things you have.

 
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No, we still have not found out anything. I am sorry to hear that your child is going through the same thing. They have continued her on antibiotic therapy. We recently just switched to bactrim as the macrodantin was no longer sensitive to it. Antibiotic resistance is said to be present when an organism which previously responded to an antibiotic (such as the macrodantin) would become immune to the drug and no longer responds to it as it did earlier. We do everything we can to prevent infections. The whole process is very frustrating.

Not having any answers and the doctors plan of action is not something I am happy with. I drive two hours to the urologist because they are suppose to be the best (U of M) but they still seem to have no answers, just medicine. Even on the medicine she still keeps getting infections but they do not know what is causing it and keep saying "hopefully she grows out of it." They plan to get her infection free for 6 months and then take her off the antibiotics. Although she has not ever made it 8 weeks alone 6 months. I hope that you do find answers because it is horrible watching your child go through any kind of illness. Here are a few things I wish I would have known from the beginning:

1. When your child shows signs of infection, rather it be painful urination, fever or vomiting, get a urinalysis. Even if the results of the urinalysis are negative have the doctor/lab send it for culture. Even with a negative urinalysis there can be bacteria growing. With my daughter I know when she has an infection, there was many times we went to the family doctor and it came back negative, where I would sit back and scratch my head. I later found out from one of the urologist that because she is on antibiotic therapy that it can have an impact on the results. Now, she has had several negative urinalysis that were sent for culture and ended up growing bacteria.

2. Keep logs of everything. I have logs that I write down every urination, bowel movement, infection, changes in medication, etc. It might sound like alot of work but it is worth it. I have it hanging on our bathroom wall so everytime she goes to the bathroom I can write it down. I

3. I know it is hard to not give a toddler sugar, especially chocolate but it really seems to keep infections down.

4. You have to make sure that they have loose stools (pudding like). You do not want any stool staying in the body where bacteria can grow. In addition a high fiber diet.

5. Keep the bladder empty. Kids are in a hurry when they use the bathroom they have better things to do. When sitting on the toilet make sure they have a stool to put their feet on. They need to relax every muscle in the body to completely empty their bladder. Make sure they sit long enough to completely empty it.

I will be praying for you and hope that you have answers soon.

 
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Re: 3 year old - dead kidney?

Hi perhaps these kids should have fresh citrus fruits. Some sources seem to indicate that citrus and kiwis can help with infection.

 
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I just want to give an update on my daughters condition. We have been very successful on the bactrim antibiotic treatment. After Christmas her specialist would like to work on taking her off the bactrim and see what happens. We are going to start by taking medication every other day. I am praying that what has caused these infections in the past is no longer happening but am scared that as soon as we begin wheening her off the antibiotic therapy that the infections will come back. I am asking for prayers from everyone, I do not want her to ever have to suffer with another infection. I really wish they could give me a medical reason for the infections in the first place but if she remains healthy I am grateful.

 
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Hi I am curious to know if any extra citrus and kiwis etc. have been used in the meantime for her. Thanks for the update.

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