Urinary tract infection is quite common in children. This condition mainly occurs due to bacterial infection ascending up from the urethra in to the bladder and upper urinary tract. Normally, the bacterial load flushes away during urination, but they start growing inside the urinary tract if they don’t get expelled. The bacterial infection can cause damage to the kidneys. Hence doctors always suggest that parents take necessary precautionary measures if their kids suffer from such infection.
Causes of Urinary Tract Infection
Urinary tract infection develops when bacteria reach the bladder. In this situation, the bacteria start multiplying and infecting the area. Normally there are two types of urinary tract infections- one is a kidney infection, and the second one is a bladder infection. A kidney infection is more harmful than a bladder infection. When children suffer from a urinary infection, two types of abnormalities are mainly found to be associated : Vesicoureteral reflux and Urinary Obstruction.
Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection
Symptoms of urinary tract infection depend on the level of infection in the child. The normal symptoms are fever, low appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, irritation, and overall weakness. In case of bladder infection, the kids may also have foul-smelling urine, blood in the urine, frequent urination, cloudy urine, pain during urination, etc.
Urinary Tract Infection Treatment Options
No doubt, urinary tract infection can cause serious effects on the kidney’s health and hence it is necessary to ask your doctors about the best remedies. Doctors will suggest certain antibiotics that can immediately stop the infection from spreading to the kidneys.
Sometimes kids need to get hospitalized if they are younger than 6 months, suffering from high fever, blood infection due to bacteria and excessive vomiting or diarrhea. Doctors will suggest certain laboratory tests like urine culture to analyse the type of bacteria so that the right treatment can be provided.
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