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Bubble baths cause Urinary Tract Infections? jonilee73 Pennsylvania 440 posts
25th Oct '10

I have a two and a half year old little girl and when filling up her bath tub I put Johnson's vapor bath into the water as it was filling up so clear up her runny nose and it created a bubble bath. I know that girls under 3 years old shouldn't have bubble baths because it can cause UTI's. I was just wondering if any mommy's out there have given their two year daughter's a bubble bath and if they got a UTI from it? Thanks.

ang_turtle+2.5 19 kids; Ohio 19590 posts
25th Oct '10
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Rue's Momma 1 child; North Kingstown, Rhode Island 3452 posts
25th Oct '10
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Abrasue TTC since Aug 2012; 2 kids; Kansas City, Missouri 4610 posts
25th Oct '10

my daughter has been taking bubble baths since she started taking baths! lol shes never had any problems.

Liz193 17 kids; British Columbia 1120 posts
25th Oct '10

when i was growing up we never had the option to shower.. we only had a bath.. and the only way we would bath is if there were TONS of bubbles in it..
I have never had a UTI.. neither has my mom or sister- we swear its cuz we still bathe more than shower.

Mommy&3+1 Due February 17; 3 kids; Ohio 1796 posts
25th Oct '10

i've heard it's bad to take a bath when you have a yeast infection. but never anything about a UTI.

ToriPaige[FFMB] TTC since Jan 2014; 1 child; 5 angel babies; Carbondale, IL, United States 3097 posts
25th Oct '10

Some girls are sensitive to it and some aren't. I could never take bubble baths when I was a little girl, and even now I have to be careful what kind of soaps I use, etc. Not only because of UTI's but also because that skin/area is just so sensitive.

Abrasue TTC since Aug 2012; 2 kids; Kansas City, Missouri 4610 posts
25th Oct '10
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Letha ❥ Ally+1more 2 kids; Florida 23669 posts
25th Oct '10

It absolutely can, but it's of course not going to happen to every little girl. My LO was hospitalized when she was 3 months old for a UTI. Her pedi and the hospital thinks J&J vapor bath may have contributed to it.

Rue's Momma 1 child; North Kingstown, Rhode Island 3452 posts
25th Oct '10
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Letha ❥ Ally+1more 2 kids; Florida 23669 posts
25th Oct '10
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jonilee73 Pennsylvania 440 posts
25th Oct '10

It was my mother in law that told me about it. She has a little girl who is 4, (big age difference between her son and her daughter) she refuses to ever let her take bubble baths cause she was raised to believe that they cause UTI's. It never made sense to me either, I figured it would help the area get clean. I googled it and saw that doctors say it causes them because traces of soap can stay on the urethra and irritate it and it can be painful for them to pee so they hold in their pee and it causes a UTI. But all of you have basically proven that it might just be one those things that drs say can happen but it rarely does happen. I am so relieved because she LOVED the bubbles in her bath and I know she is going to keep asking for them now.

Star1984 17 kids; California 5317 posts
25th Oct '10

I think it's a generational thing. I've only heard things like that from my mother's generation. (Also about hot tubs.) In my experience it's a complete myth. There might be some sensitive people out there though.

loraexplora Japan 2 posts
13th Nov '12

It's def true & it doesn't happen to everyone, just those with sensitive skin and/or those who are using especially irritating soap. If you know your child is sensitive (sometimes runs in families) try an organic soap that doesn't have harsh chemicals/fragrances/dyes that irritate. My favorite is California Baby, & they have a great bubble bath. My poor niece just went through this, she's 2 1/2 and just graduated from using baby soaps to a "Spongebob" body wash/bubble bath. In the 2 months she's used this soap she had 2 UTIs, the first was very serious & she was vomiting & spiked fevers over 103 for days. The Dr finally asked if she'd changed soaps recently, b/c it irritates the v***a & urethra & that allows more bacteria in the urethra/bladder, along w/ causing painful urination which makes them hold in their urine, causing the bacteria to grow. Also, I think maybe the reason why older generations don't use bubble baths at all or want little girls to shower only is b/c they didn't have as many special baby soaps back then & soaps were harsher, just an idea.