UTIs Can Cause Death
UTIs can lead to a condition called sepsis, a potentially life-threatening bloodstream infection. That’s why caregivers must speak to their loved one’s doctor to find out what else may be done to help clear up regular UTIs.
Reduce Risk of UTIs in Those with Incontinence
People with incontinence are more at risk for UTIs because of the close contact that adult briefs have with their skin, which can reintroduce bacteria into the bladder. Some recommendations to help reduce this risk include the following:
- Change the briefs frequently
- Encourage front-to-back cleansing
- Set reminders/timers for those who are memory-impaired to try to use the bathroom instead of the adult brief
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Add regular cranberry juice to help eliminate any UTI that already exists or add cranberry pills
- Do NOT use cranberry juice or pills if your loved one has a family history of kidney stones or if your loved one is on blood-thinning medications, such as warfarin
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol, because these irritate the bladder
If you think your elderly parent might have a urinary tract infection, see your doctor right away.
Urinary Tract Infections in the Elderly originally appeared on AgingCare.com