Prevention of recurrent urinary tract infection in children

Gabrielle Williams, Jonathan C. Craig

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Purpose of review Urinary tract infection (UTI) in children is common (5–10%) and recurs in 10–30%. UTI causes an unpleasant, usually febrile illness in children. This review focuses on studies evaluating interventions to prevent UTI in children and published between January 2007 and June 2008.
Recent findings Three relevant updated Cochrane reviews, six randomized trials and an evidence-based guideline were published in the study period. Five of the six trials and one of the three Cochrane updates included data on the effects of relevant interventions in children. Three of the six trials investigated the efficacy of long-term, low-dose antibiotics as prophylaxis, and the other trials and both Cochrane updates evaluated complementary therapies such as vitamin A, probiotics and herbal supplements.

Summary The benefit of prophylactic antibiotics for the prevention of recurrent UTI in children remains unclear because of underpowered and suboptimally designed trials, but these studies suggest that any benefit is likely to be small, and clinical significance may be limited. The trials of complementary interventions (vitamin A, probiotics, cranberry, nasturtium and horseradish) generally gave favourable results but were not conclusive. Children and families who use these products should be aware that further infections are possible despite their use.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-76
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Opinion in Infectious Diseases
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2009


  • urinary tract infection
  • children
  • Prophylaxis


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