03.01.2016 Recurring UTIs in Children? Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Summary: Studies show that cranberries can safely help prevent urinary tract infections in children. A recent study even shows that cranberries have an efficacy comparable to that of antibiotics. This finding could mean less use of antibiotics and less risk of bacteria developing antibiotic resistance. Any adult who’s suffered the pain and discomfort of a urinary tract infection understands the unique horror of experiencing a UTI. Unfortunately, urinary tract infections don’t wait until you’re old enough to drive a car, or vote, or buy alcohol to strike: children, including babies, can suffer from these infections as well. Well, there might be a small solution to this problem that you may already have in your kitchen: the cranberry. Supplementing previous studies, a recent study1 shows that cranberries can safely help prevent urinary tract infections in children. In the study, young children suffering from recurring urinary tract infections were involved in a controlled, double-blind clinical trial conducted by researchers to evaluate the efficacy and safety of cranberry in preventing new UTIs. A total of 85 patients under one year of age and 107 over one year were recruited. An antibiotic commonly used to treat bacterial infections was prescribed to 75 patients, while 117 received cranberry. Good news: The results show that cranberry was well tolerated and with no new adverse effects. Better news: The study suggests that cranberry is safe and effective in the prevention of recurrent urinary tract infection in infants and children. In fact, with the doses used ,the efficacy of cranberry was comparable to that of antibiotics. If you’re following the medical community’s concern with global antibiotic resistance, this is a big deal, as one of the factors in this growing problem is the frequency with which antibiotics are prescribed. So knowing that young children with recurring UTIs have a nutritional approach to prevent them is a big deal for all caretakers, and is an even bigger deal for those uncomfy kids. 1 Fernández-Puentes V, Uberos J, Rodríguez-Belmonte R, Nogueras-Ocana˜ M, Blanca-Jover E, Narbona-López E. Eficacia y perfil de seguridad del arándano americano en lactantes y ninos ˜ con infección urinaria recurrente. An Pediatr (Barc). 2015;82:397---403.