Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Some Signs/Symptoms of a Urinary Tract Infection / UTI

  • Fever
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Strong, bad smelling urine
  • Stomach pain
  • Back pain
  • Having trouble peeing or urinating
  • Pain while peeing or urinating
  • Blood in urine
  • Cloudy urine
  • Fussy baby with fever and no other symptoms such as cough or cold
  • Feeling like they have to pee or urinate all of the time
  • Discharge coming from penis or vaginal area

Causes

  • Uncircumcised boy
  • Having a problem at birth where the some of the urine is backing up in the kidneys
  • Young girls who are potty training and not wiping from front to back and it will allow bacteria to enter the urinary tract.
  • Constipation
  • Problems in the urinary tract

Diagnosis

Your child’s doctor will do a test called a urinalysis and a urine culture to diagnose this. This will require your child to pee in a cup or they may perform a cauterization to collect the urine. In some cases they may do other testing if your child is having frequent UTI’s or they feel it is necessary to do so.

Treatments

Antibiotics are given to fight the infection. Always make sure your child takes all of the medication exactly how it is ordered by your child’s doctor.

Prevention

  • Make sure that your child is completely empting his or her bladder when they urinate.
  • Encourage your child not to hold his or her urine in for long periods of time.
  • Wipe from front to back so that stool does not get into the urinary tract.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.

Always consult your child’s doctor for any concerns or questions about urinary tract infections.