Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are infections of the bladder, kidneys, or both. They are caused by bacteria that spread from fecal (bowel movement) material. Without proper treatment, UTIs may lead to kidney damage or even spread to the blood. It is important to call our office as soon as possible if you suspect your child may have a UTI.

Signs and Symptoms of UTIs

The main symptoms of UTI’s are pain and/or burning with urination, frequent urination, wetting accidents, abnormal smelling urine, nausea, vomiting, and fever. Fever may be the only symptom in an infant or young child.

The risk of UTI is higher in girls than boys and higher in uncircumcised boys than those who are circumcised. Other factors that increase the risk of UTI include constipation and urine-holding behaviors. If your child struggles with either of these issues, schedule an appointment so we can help. UTI’s may also be the result of a problem with the urinary system, such as reflux (backward flow of urine toward the kidney when the bladder squeezes at urination).

When To Call Your Pediatrician

The diagnosis of UTI depends on a properly collected fresh urine sample, which we can collect and analyze immediately at our office. All children suspected of having a UTI are treated with antibiotics. Please schedule an appointment right away if you suspect that your child has a UTI. If our office is closed and you believe your child has a UTI, they should be checked at an urgent care because prompt treatment can prevent spread of the infection from the bladder to kidneys.

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