By GREGORY HAGGINSAssociated PressIt’s been a huge shift for families.
Schools have become safer and more accessible, and even parents are taking greater responsibility for their childrens health.
Some experts say parents need to be more assertive, demanding that their children’s hygiene habits improve.
In the meantime, a new school study found that for every 10% of the American children who were tested for urinary tract infections, there was an 8% reduction in the risk of UTIs in the next year.
That’s about 10% fewer infections.
It’s a sign that the U.S. has made great strides in reducing UTIs, which can be life-threatening.
But the data also shows there are plenty of parents still putting pressure on their children to have cleanliness and hygiene at all times.
There are many factors behind this shift, said Laurie Wooten, the study’s lead author and a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Some of them are social.
Parents are talking more openly about cleaning, using the bathroom less often and changing diapers.
The schools also have stricter hygiene rules, including having sinks and hand sanitizer.
The researchers looked at all U.K. children ages 7 through 17 who had been tested for UTIs between January and April.
Their findings, published online this week in the journal Pediatrics, are a sign of the change the U