Urinary Pain

Urinary Pain  

* Reassurance and Education 

    - Soap (especially bubble bath) is the most common cause of burning with passing urine (or genital itching) in young girls. 

    - The vulva is very sensitive to the drying effect of soap. 

    - Only cleanse the genital area with warm water. 

    - After puberty, soap can be tolerated. 


* Baking Soda/Warm Water Soaks - Young Girls Only 

    - Soak the genital area for 10 minutes to remove irritants and decrease painful urination. 

    - Add 2 ounces (60 ml) baking soda per tub of warm water. (Reason: baking soda is better than vinegar for the prepubertal age group.) 

    - During soaks, be sure she spreads her legs and allows the water to cleanse the genital area. 

    - Repeat baking soda soaks treatment 2 times per day for 2 days. 


* Fluids - Offer More 

    - Give extra fluids to drink (Reason: to produce a dilute, nonirritating urine). 

* Avoid Soaps - Young Girls Only 

    - Avoid bubble bath, soap, and shampoo to the genital area because they are irritants. 

    - Only use warm water to cleanse vulva. 

    - Baby oil can be used to remove any dried secretions from the labia. 


* Pain Medicine 

    - Give ibuprofen every 6 hours or acetaminophen every 4 hours as needed to reduce the painful urination. (See Dosage table.) 


* Reasons To Call Back 

    - Pain with urination becomes Severe 

    - Pain not cleared in 24 hours with baking soda soaks 

    - Your child becomes worse 

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