Detecting Urinary Tract Infections In A Child

If you have a urinary tract infection the pain and discomfort is not something you would want to live with for long, and could self-diagnose fairly quickly. There is no ignoring the infection, especially if it has gone untreated for a few days. However, with a child detecting a urinary tract infection can be a bit more difficult. This is often because people don’t think about children having a UTI, and also because a child may have difficulty explaining the pain or discomfort that they are in. Once the child is older, they take themselves into the bathroom to relieve themselves and a urinary tract infection can often go unnoticed.

What Is a Urinary Tract Infection?

A normal stream of urine does not contain any bacteria of any sort. Bacteria can make its way into the urethra though, from other areas of the body such as the rectum or the genitalia. It can even enter the bloodstream from other portions of the body. A UTI refers to a bacterial infection anywhere in the areas of the urethra, the kidneys or the bladder.

What Are the Symptoms of A UTI?

A child may complain to their parent that it burns when they use the bathroom or they might be urinating more often than normal. Also, a tell-tale sign that there is a problem is a fever with or without vomiting. A child who typically does not wet the bed but has begun to do so without any other environmental reason to do so can be an indication there is a UTI present. If the infection goes untreated for some time, eventually some more severe symptoms can persist such as back pain, groin pain, blood in the urine or irritability.

What Is the Treatment?

Once a urinary tract infection has been diagnosed by a pediatrician or specialist, antibiotics are provided to the patient. The type of antibiotic and the dose will rely on the age and size of the child along with the severity of the infection. For more severe cases where the child is vomiting excessively or has a fever, intravenous fluids and medication may be necessary in order to beat back the infection.

A urinary tract infection can be quite common in a child. Sometimes this is because of improper bathroom hygiene when the child is left to do their business on their own. More common in little girls than boys, boys who are uncircumcised are also a bit more susceptible.

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