- June 13, 2016
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One of commonest infections in kids is Urinary tract infections (UTIs). In infants and young children, UTIs may be harder to spot because symptoms are less specific. In fact, fever is sometimes the only sign. It is prevalent in girls, particularly those around the age of toilet teaching, because a girl’s urethra is shorter and closer to the anus. Also, uncircumcised boys younger than 1 year also have a slightly higher risk of developing a UTI.
Bacterial infection of the urinary tract comprising of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra.
Kidneys: An infection that occurs in the urethra and bladder called cystitis. If the infection travels up the ureters, it known as pyelonephritis and is usually more serious.
An abnormality in the structure or function of the urinary tract
An abnormal backward flow (reflux) of urine from the bladder up the ureters and toward the kidneys known as Vesicoureteral reflux (VUR)
Poor toilet and hygiene habits
Family history of UTIs
UTIs are easy to treat, but it’s important to catch them early. Undiagnosed or untreated UTIs can lead to kidney damage.
Signs and symptoms
Burning sensation when urinating
Frequent diaper change
Providing good hygiene talk to kids
Wipe from front to rear in young girls to prevent germs from spreading from the rectum to the urethra.
School-age girls should avoid bubble baths and strong soaps that might cause irritation, and they should
Wear cotton underwear instead of nylon
Drinking plenty of fluids
Avoid caffeine intake
Ultrasound of the kidneys and bladder
Use of antibiotics depending on the type of bacteria that is caused the infection and its severity your doctor may repeat the urine tests to confirm that the infection is gone. It’s important to make sure the infection is cleared because an incompletely treated UTI can recur or spread.
Encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids, but avoid beverages containing caffeine, such as soda and iced tea.
Kids with bladder infection can be treated with oral antibiotics, severe infection may need to be treated with antibiotics by injection or intravenously.
Seeking Medical Attention
Bad-smelling, bloody, or discolored urine
Low back pain or belly pain below the belly button
Fever, feeds poorly, vomits repeatedly, or seems unusually irritable.