A study published in the journal Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology found that kids in private bathroom facilities had more urinary tract infections and UTIs than kids in the public bathroom facilities.
The study also found that there were more urinary-tract infections among girls than boys, but it wasn’t clear why.
“What’s interesting is that in both public and private bathroom settings, boys had more infections and boys had higher rates of UTIs, compared with girls,” the authors wrote.
“But the most surprising finding was that boys were more likely to have a UTI in the open compared to girls.”
The researchers didn’t determine if the difference was because of the girls in the bathroom having a lower capacity to absorb the water.
But it’s possible that boys have higher urination rates and more urinary incontinence, so a lower-capacity toilet could result in higher rates, the researchers said.
According to the authors, the findings also showed that there was no difference between boys and girls in urinary tract infection rates.
However, it’s unclear whether this difference is the result of the boys in the bathrooms having a larger capacity to soak the water or a higher risk of UTI due to a lack of water.
“Although we believe that boys may have higher urinary incidences due to higher urinalysis, there is no clear evidence that boys are more likely than girls to develop UTIs,” the study authors wrote in the abstract.
“The findings suggest that boys with higher urinary tract incontinent are more at risk of a UTi due to inadequate water intake and/or insufficient urinary drainage.”