UTI in Children
Disclaimer: Not medical or professional advice.
Inflammation of the bladder mucous membrane — UTI, occurs in children quite often. Statistics confirm that more than a quarter of all babies face this ailment at least once before adulthood. Most often, children aged 4-12 years get sick. During this period, their genitourinary system is actively changing, and therefore the path of entry for infections becomes easier.
The causes of UTI in children, as in adults, can be very diverse, but most often, the disease is bacterial in nature. The causative agents in babies can be staphylococcus, streptococcus, Escherichia coli, ureaplasma, chlamydia, and other pathogenic bacteria that have entered the genitourinary system. The pathways of penetration of the pathogenic flora are most often ascending (from the urethra to the bladder), less often - descending (from the kidneys), and hematogenous (through the blood).
The difficulty of timely diagnosis of the initial stage of UTI in children lies in the fact that babies still do not know how to listen to their bodies and analyze their signals. Therefore, infectious diseases of the genitourinary system are detected even when the signs of the disease are unambiguous.
Symptoms of UTI in Children
- An increase in body temperature to subfebrile.
- Complaints of pain in the tummy.
- Burning and discomfort during urination.
- Frequent visits to the toilet (several times per hour).
- Change in the transparency and color of urine and the presence of any inclusions in it.
If you find at least one of the above symptoms of UTI in children, you should start the treatment as early as possible. The sooner you see a doctor and start therapy, the sooner the ailment will stop bothering the child.
Does your Child have a UTI or Just Skin Irritation?
We recommend not delaying the doctor's visit because if you postpone the treatment of UTI in children, this will allow the disease to progress and spread further. As a result, the infection can affect the kidneys, which will provoke a more serious condition — pyelonephritis.