Are urinary tract infections in children serious?
Urinary tract infections in children can be serious if they are not treated in time, as they can cause kidney damage.
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A urinary tract infection is an infection anywhere in the urinary tract. The urinary tract includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra.
Younger children often have non-specific symptoms when they have a urinary tract infection. These symptoms can include fever, vomiting, poor feeding and irritability. In older children, symptoms may include frequent, urgent and …
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) in children are usually caused by E. coli bacteria, which are normally present in poo (faeces). Other bacteria known to cause UTIs include Klebsiella, Proteus mirabilis, Pseudomonas, Streptococci, and …
Urinary tract infections are typically diagnosed by culturing a urine sample to identify the type of bacteria present. Because the test's results can take a few days to produce, an antibiotic treatment is often started before the …
Urinary tract infections are treated with antibiotics.
Urinary tract infections do not clear up without antibiotic treatment. Antibiotics are necessary to reduce the risk of kidney infection.
Relapse of infections can occur if the full course of the antibiotics is not completed. It is common to experience repeat infections later on.