In children with urinary tract infections, cranberry extract could help

Natural Health News – In children with recurrent urinary tract infections, cranberry extract could be a first effective line of treatment, helping to reduce the use of antibiotics.

This research, published in Annals of Pediatrics (Annals of Pediatrics) was a collaboration between researchers from the Universities of Granada (Spain) and Kvopio (Finland)

These were 85 children under one year of age and 107 over 1 year old, all affected by recurrent urinary tract infection. 75 children were given bilberry extract, while the other 117 were administered trimethoprim, a bacteriostatic antibiotic trimethoxybenzyl pyrimidine derivative, used almost exclusively to treat urinary infections. What you need to know

Although we think of urinary tract infections, many of which are caused by the bacterium Escherichia coli as an adult problem , children can suffer from them as well.

The usual treatment is a prescription for antibiotics. However, a team of German and Finnish researchers have shown that bilberry extract, usually adults, can also be effective.

Compared with trimethoprim conventional antibiotics, bilberry extract was at least as effective, one in some cases more, and does not carry the risk of antibiotic resistance .

effective in adults and children

The principal author of this work, Professor José Uberos Fernandez, Department of Pediatrics (UGR), notes that, according to his analysis, cranberry extract, which previous research had already demonstrated efficacy in preventing urinary tract infections in adults, it is also effective and safe for very young children with this condition.

curative effects of bilberry extract are, according to previous research, related to the amount of antioxidants proanthocyanidins in the extract, which also have an anti-adhesive effect, preventing bacteria ‘sticking’ to the walls of the tract urinary.

According to Fernandez Uberos can be proanthocyanidins not themselves but their metabolites (substances produced, because they are metabolized in the body) that help eliminate the infection. Proanthocyanidins also have an anti-inflammatory effect that adds to its healing properties.

One way to reduce the use of antibiotics

In this study, children under 1 female responded more favorably to treatment cranberry. In children over 1 trimethoprim was associated with an incidence rate of 35% compared with 26% in those receiving bilberry extract.

Researchers warn that is not yet known exactly what metabolites cranberry are most effective in recurrent fighting urinary tract infections, but considering the overall effectiveness of treatment in young children that could help reduce the number antibiotic prescriptions, and the risk of multi-resistant strains of bacteria associated with urinary tract infections in this age group.

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