Diagnosis - Pediatrics

Urinary tract infection in children

Infection of the kidney, ureter, bladder, or urethra in a child. About 3% of girls and 1% of boys have had a recognized urinary tract infection (UTI) by age 11. The symptoms are not always obvious. They may range from just an unusual smell of the urine or mild burning on urination to very severe pain and high fever. Recognizing and treating urinary tract infections is important. A urinary tract infection in a child may be a sign of an abnormality in the urinary tract that could lead to repeated problems and serious kidney damage. Younger children are usually unable to describe how they feel. They may have fever, be irritable, have nausea and vomiting, or not eat. An older child with bladder irritation may complain of pain in the abdomen and pelvic area. The child may urinate often. If the kidney is infected, the child may complain of pain in the flank or low back. Crying or complaining that it hurts to urinate and producing only a few drops of urine at a time are other signs of urinary tract infection. The child may have difficulty controlling the urine and may leak urine into clothing or bedsheets. The urine may smell unusual or look cloudy. If a child has a temperature and appears sick for more than a day without signs of a runny nose or other obvious cause for discomfort, he or she may need to be checked for a urinary infection.



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