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July 20, 1964

Effect of Bubble Bath on Urinary Tract

JAMA. 1964;189(3):241. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070030063028

To the Editor:—  A 21/2-year-old boy experienced sudden onset of urinary frequency, urgency, and marked terminal dysuria. There was no history of trauma and no evidence of infection. Physical examination was unremarkable except for minimal erythema at the urethral meatus. Urinalysis revealed three to four white blood cells per high power field, but no bacteria.Three days after use of bubble bath preparation was discontinued, dysuria completely disappeared. A dose of the substance added to the bath water one week later caused recurrence of symptoms within 12 hours.Because of its structure, the female urethra lends itself well to such problems (a series of 116 similar cases was reported in 1955,1 all involving little girls), but the literature has been devoid of such findings in little boys. Advertising media have only of late intimated that males, too, can enjoy a bubble bath. In the last month two additional

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