Depending on the type and extent of paralysis he has, the paralysis could be part of the cause. If his paralysis affects his ureters ( the tubes that connect the kidneys to the bladder) or his uretheral valves, it could cause backups, or a pathway for bacteria. Also, how he manages his incontinence can affect UTI frequency. If he uses a catheter or a condom catheter, or anything like that with a collection bag, this could be a cause of UTI's. If you were to couple this with a paralysis of a uretheral sphincter, it could even amplify the problem. If he is using absorbent products, make sure he is using a quality, high absorbency brief such as the Active Ultra Plus. Most nursing homes don't use these due to a higher cost, but the cost is definitely worth it. I use these myself and have not had 1 UTI or any skin breakdown. I bought them from http://www.activewithincontinence.com and they do sell sample packs. So give them a try. You might also have him start drinking cranberry juice everyday. Not the Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Cocktail, but real cranberry juice. We get it from Trader Joe's but I have found it in the organic section at Fred Meyer as well. Good luck!!!!!View Thread
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