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What are urinary tract infections in children?
A urinary tract infection is an infection anywhere in the urinary tract. The urinary tract includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra.
What are the symptoms of urinary tract infections in children?
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 …
What causes urinary tract infections in children?
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) in children are usually caused by E. coli bacteria, which are normally present in poo (feces). Other bacteria known to cause UTIs include Klebsiella, Proteus mirabilis, Pseudomonas, Streptococci, and …
How are urinary tract infections in children diagnosed?
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 …
How are urinary tract infections in children treated?
Urinary tract infections are treated with antibiotics.
Will urinary tract infections in children clear up on their own?
Urinary tract infections do not clear up without antibiotic treatment. Antibiotics are necessary to reduce the risk of kidney infection.
What is the outlook for urinary tract infections in children?
With timely treatment, the outlook for urinary tract infections in children is usually good, as the infection is cleared by antibiotics and the risk of long-term damage is reduced. In cases of delayed treatment, or frequent …
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Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 24 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Urinary tract infections (UTI) in children