Diagnosing and Treating Urinary Reflux in Children

As some of you know, sweet little Paigey had a battery of tests today at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.  We scheduled the tests several weeks ago after two seperate incidents of  UTIs and several days of fevers between 103-105.  I talked to my doctor about the concern that Paige might have urinary reflux and she suggested we get her tested when she returned from her recent Arizona trip. Paige eating ice cream

So, what is urinary reflux? Urinary reflux, or vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) is the backup of urine from the bladder  into the tube that carries urine from the kidney to the bladder (ureter) during urination. VUR can result in urine reflux into the renal pelvis, causing distention (hydronephrosis) and kidney damage. In children, this condition is usually caused by an abnormality that is present at birth (congenital) and is often diagnosed during prenatal ultrasound. A child who has vesicoureteral reflux is at risk for developing recurrent kidney infections, which, over time, can cause damage and scarring to the kidneys. 

 Between the catheters, the rectal thermometer and all the blood tests, poor Paige has been poked and prodded so many times in the past couple months.  And it’s her 15 mos. birthday today to boot!!  So, what now??  Well, now that she’s been diagnosed she’ll have to take antibiotics EVERY DAY.  If she hasn’t outgrown this by age 5, we’ll have to consider surgery. 

She’s already dodged a bullet with her eye.  We had surgery scheduled for a blocked duct that she’d had since birth and at 13 mos. it popped one night when my husband was massaging it (under my instruction, I might add).   Paige has also outgrown her acid reflux, which she was on medicine for since birth.  She’s a trooper and I have no doubt that she’ll get through this.  In fact, I predict she outgrows her urinary reflux by age 3.  Do I wish she didn’t have to go through this at all?  Of course!!  But things could be a lot worse, my only hope is that no permanent damage is caused.

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