Urinary tract infections, better known as UTI’s, are not fun in the least! Or as I have heard patients say, “I’ve got a boo-b00 in my woo-w00!” AMEN to that Sistah! The pain…the burning pee…the icky medicine…Argh!!
Girls are much more prone to get these infections because their urinary tract (urethra) is shorter than boys, so it’s easier for the infection to travel up to the bladder. (Just another thing that mother nature has given the men of the world another health break!) This infection (UTI) is also called cystitis. If the UTI is missed and the bacteria has enough time to travel to the kidneys (called pylonephritis), it is more serious.
- Painful, burning or frequent urination
- Fever (sometimes this can be the only symptom with young kids)
- Poor hygiene
- Infrequent diaper changes (especially if they are sitting in a dirty diapers)
- Improper cleaning (girls need to wipe from FRONT to BACK. This keeps the feces (aka the poo) from getting in the urinary system.)
- Bubble baths and strong perfumed soaps or bath oils can cause UTI’s too!
Antibiotics are prescribed for UTIs and depending on the severity, they can be given at home. If it turns into pylonephritis, hospitalization is usually required to administer intravenous antibiotics. Another reason you should take unexplained fevers seriously and contact your medical provider.
[Handy tip: If your medical provider prescribes Pyridium®, a bladder numbing drug - so it is fabulous - but Warning, warning, Will Robinson! it will turn your child’s urine neon “pumpkin-colored” orange and it will stain EVERYTHING. Clothing, bedding, diaper table covers, and yes even toilets! Be very cautious!!]
According to www.KidsHealth.com, call your pediatrician immediately if your child experiences:
- unusually frequent urination or frequent urination during the night
- bad-smelling, bloody, or discolored urine
- low back pain or abdominal pain (especially below the navel)
- a fever of 100.4° Fahrenheit (38° Celsius) rectally in infants, or over 101° Fahrenheit (38.3°) in children
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