UTI or Urinary tract infection can affect both kids and adults. Children find it hard to explain UTI symptoms which can make the diagnosis difficult. Here are some tips from expert which can help in identifying UTI in kids.
Urinary Tract Infection or UTI is an infection that can affect any part of the urinary system. It can be a painful condition causing a lot of discomforts. This infection usually begins when bacteria enter the urinary tract and multiply inside. Women are at a higher risk of UTI than men. Not just adults, UTI can affect kids too. It can affect your child’s activities and make him/her fussy. With pain, it can cause several other symptoms. But it can be difficult to spot UT in kids. These symptoms can be easily mistakes at times. To understand urinary tract infection in kids, we spoke to Dr. Shrishailesh Mantur who is a Paediatric at Apollo Cradle and Children’s Hospital. Read on to know symptoms, causes and prevention tips for UTI in kids.
UTI in kids: Signs, symptoms and more
A child may experience symptoms including:
- Pain while urinating
- Recurrent urination
- Persistent urge to urinate
- Cloudy urine
- Burning sensation with urination
Dr. Mantur explains, “Children may find it difficult to describe these symptoms. But these are often accompanied with other symptoms too like fever, chills, vomiting, poor appetite, lower abdominal pain, blood in urine, irritability, dark colour urination and severe fatigue.”
Any child with these symptoms needs medical assistance to prevent the condition from worsening.
“Your expert may check for these symptoms first followed by several tests including urine culture and routine. If diagnosed, antibiotics are prescribed. If the child is less than five years, further investigation is required in which an ultrasound is conducted to check for infections in different organs,” he further adds.
Drinking plenty of water is one of the most effective preventive measures for UTI. Parents should also follow some guidelines like cleaning the diaper area from front to back, avoiding bubble baths or use of cloth for wiping which is not clean.
Also, try to develop healthy habits in kids and teach them how to use a toilet properly. In babies change the diaper frequently. You should also choose cotton underwear for your child as it ensures better airflow.
If you notice symptoms of UTI in kids, do not ignore or wait for them to worsen. Consult an expert immediately to prevent your child from further discomfort.