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Cranberry Products for the Prophylaxis of Urinary Tract Infections in Pediatric Patients.
Ann Pharmacother. 2015 Dec; 49(12):1349-56.AP

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To evaluate the existing data regarding the use of cranberry products for the prevention of urinary tract infections (UTIs) in pediatric patients.

DATA SOURCES

A literature search of Medline databases from 1966 to June 2015 was conducted.

STUDY SELECTION AND DATA EXTRACTION

The databases were searched using the terms "pediatrics," "children," "cranberry," "cranberry juice," and "urinary tract infections." The identified trials were then searched for additional references applicable to this topic.

DATA SYNTHESIS

A total of 8 clinical trials were identified that examined the use of cranberry products, mostly juice, for the prevention of UTIs in children. Three trials examined the use in otherwise healthy children. Five trials examined the use in pediatric patients with underlying urogenital abnormalities of which 2 compared cranberry to antibiotics. In healthy pediatric patients, cranberry use was associated with a reduction in the overall number of UTIs and a decrease in the number of antibiotic days per year for UTI treatment. In patients with urogenital abnormalities, results were conflicting, with some studies showing no reduction in UTIs compared with placebo, but others demonstrating a significant reduction. However, cranberry products had similar efficacy when compared with both cefaclor and trimethoprim. All studies used a wide variety of doses and frequencies of cranberry, making specific product recommendations difficult.

CONCLUSIONS

Cranberry appears effective for the prevention of UTIs in otherwise healthy children and is at least as effective as antibiotics in children with underlying urogenital abnormalities. However, recommendations for cranberry dosing and frequency cannot be confidently made at this time. Larger, well-designed trials are recommended.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn, AL, USA durhash@auburn.edu.Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn, AL, USA.Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn, AL, USA.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

26400007

Citation

Durham, Spencer H., et al. "Cranberry Products for the Prophylaxis of Urinary Tract Infections in Pediatric Patients." The Annals of Pharmacotherapy, vol. 49, no. 12, 2015, pp. 1349-56.
Durham SH, Stamm PL, Eiland LS. Cranberry Products for the Prophylaxis of Urinary Tract Infections in Pediatric Patients. Ann Pharmacother. 2015;49(12):1349-56.
Durham, S. H., Stamm, P. L., & Eiland, L. S. (2015). Cranberry Products for the Prophylaxis of Urinary Tract Infections in Pediatric Patients. The Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 49(12), 1349-56. https://doi.org/10.1177/1060028015606729
Durham SH, Stamm PL, Eiland LS. Cranberry Products for the Prophylaxis of Urinary Tract Infections in Pediatric Patients. Ann Pharmacother. 2015;49(12):1349-56. PubMed PMID: 26400007.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Cranberry Products for the Prophylaxis of Urinary Tract Infections in Pediatric Patients. AU - Durham,Spencer H, AU - Stamm,Pamela L, AU - Eiland,Lea S, Y1 - 2015/09/23/ PY - 2015/9/25/entrez PY - 2015/9/25/pubmed PY - 2016/2/26/medline KW - children KW - cranberry KW - cranberry juice KW - pediatrics KW - urinary tract infections SP - 1349 EP - 56 JF - The Annals of pharmacotherapy JO - Ann Pharmacother VL - 49 IS - 12 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the existing data regarding the use of cranberry products for the prevention of urinary tract infections (UTIs) in pediatric patients. DATA SOURCES: A literature search of Medline databases from 1966 to June 2015 was conducted. STUDY SELECTION AND DATA EXTRACTION: The databases were searched using the terms "pediatrics," "children," "cranberry," "cranberry juice," and "urinary tract infections." The identified trials were then searched for additional references applicable to this topic. DATA SYNTHESIS: A total of 8 clinical trials were identified that examined the use of cranberry products, mostly juice, for the prevention of UTIs in children. Three trials examined the use in otherwise healthy children. Five trials examined the use in pediatric patients with underlying urogenital abnormalities of which 2 compared cranberry to antibiotics. In healthy pediatric patients, cranberry use was associated with a reduction in the overall number of UTIs and a decrease in the number of antibiotic days per year for UTI treatment. In patients with urogenital abnormalities, results were conflicting, with some studies showing no reduction in UTIs compared with placebo, but others demonstrating a significant reduction. However, cranberry products had similar efficacy when compared with both cefaclor and trimethoprim. All studies used a wide variety of doses and frequencies of cranberry, making specific product recommendations difficult. CONCLUSIONS: Cranberry appears effective for the prevention of UTIs in otherwise healthy children and is at least as effective as antibiotics in children with underlying urogenital abnormalities. However, recommendations for cranberry dosing and frequency cannot be confidently made at this time. Larger, well-designed trials are recommended. SN - 1542-6270 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/26400007/Cranberry_Products_for_the_Prophylaxis_of_Urinary_Tract_Infections_in_Pediatric_Patients_ L2 - http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1060028015606729?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -