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Can a bubble bath give my child a uti?
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
9 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Bubble-bath is quite a well-known cause of utis in lttle girls.
Chemicals in bubble-bath irritate urinary opening, enter the most distal urethra and can even get all way up into the bladder. Chemical irritation damages urethral & bladder lining making it easier for bacteria to attach & penetrate creating the initial focus for a uti. Bacteria , once in the urinary tract multiply. Do not use bb.

In brief: Yes
Bubble-bath is quite a well-known cause of utis in lttle girls.
Chemicals in bubble-bath irritate urinary opening, enter the most distal urethra and can even get all way up into the bladder. Chemical irritation damages urethral & bladder lining making it easier for bacteria to attach & penetrate creating the initial focus for a uti. Bacteria , once in the urinary tract multiply. Do not use bb.
Dr. George Klauber
Dr. George Klauber
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Dr. Martin Raff
Fascinating subject. Lectured to our Fellows in ID on UTI recently and forgot to mention this although was aware. Thanks.
9 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Bubble baths have been linked to UTIs as the harsh chemicals can irritate the urethra so much that kids end up holding their urine, as it is painful to urinate.
This causes bacterial overgrowth in stagnant urine and there starts the UTI. It is not recommended to give kids bubble baths if they are under 3 or 4 years old.

In brief: Yes
Bubble baths have been linked to UTIs as the harsh chemicals can irritate the urethra so much that kids end up holding their urine, as it is painful to urinate.
This causes bacterial overgrowth in stagnant urine and there starts the UTI. It is not recommended to give kids bubble baths if they are under 3 or 4 years old.
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Remeber that things like bubble bath are the most common cause of painful urination in young kids
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
As baby girls change into todlers their outer labia begins to decrease in relative size and may no longer remain closed during bathing.
As they sit in a tub, their labia may open and expose vulnerable tissue to irritants in soaps, shampoos, or bubble bath beads.A soap film left overnight may trigger itching & discharge, all leading to pain with voids and possably germs pushed into the bladder.

In brief: Yes
As baby girls change into todlers their outer labia begins to decrease in relative size and may no longer remain closed during bathing.
As they sit in a tub, their labia may open and expose vulnerable tissue to irritants in soaps, shampoos, or bubble bath beads.A soap film left overnight may trigger itching & discharge, all leading to pain with voids and possably germs pushed into the bladder.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Bubble baths do not usually cause a urinary tract infection but rather, especially in girls, cause an irritation in the urethra (the last part of the body in the travels of urine) which can burn and feel like a uti.

In brief: No
Bubble baths do not usually cause a urinary tract infection but rather, especially in girls, cause an irritation in the urethra (the last part of the body in the travels of urine) which can burn and feel like a uti.
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
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Dr. George Klauber
I respectfully disagree. Bubble-bath may initially cause chemical irritation of the urethra which in turn damages urethral lining and permits bacteria to reach the bladder which is only an inch away from the urethral opening. I have seen little girls with urinalysis & culture proven UTIs within 48 hours of using bubble-bath. Also girls who had recurrent UTIs which ceased after stopping bubble-bath
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