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UTIs becoming common among kids. Symptoms to watch out for

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Last updated on – Sep 26, 2020, 19:00 ISTclose01/9​UTIs becoming common among kids. Symptoms to watch out forUrinary tract infection is on the rise among kids and the unfortunate thing is that many parents aren’t even aware of the condition and symptoms until it becomes severe. readmore02/9​What is UTI?The bacteria that enter the urethra is flushed out during urination. If the bacteria doesn’t get flushed out, it may start growing within the urinary tract and may even reach other nearest body parts like kidney, bladder and ureters, which can cause infection. The two most common types of UTI that can affect children are kidney infection and bladder infection. readmore03/9​More about UTIWhen UTI affects the bladder, it’s called cystitis. When the infection travels from the bladder to the kidney, it is called pyelonephritis.The good news is both the type of infections can be successfully treated with the help of antibiotics. But kidney infection, if not treated on time, can lead to other serious health complications. readmore04/9​StudiesMultiple studies have found that up to eight per cent girls and two per cent boys will get UTI by the age of five. Girls are more susceptible to catching the disease because their urethras are shorter and closer to the anus, which makes it easier for the bacteria to enter the urethra. readmore05/9​Symptoms of UTI in kidsSymptoms of UTI are easier to be noticed in older kids but it can be quite challenging to see symptoms in younger kids. Since young kids are not able to explain their problems clearly, parents might have to do some digging to find out what’s wrong.Infants can have symptoms like fussiness, pain while peeing, loss of appetite or fever. readmore06/9​Other symptoms of UTI includeBurning sensation when the child passes urineCloudy or foul-smelling peeUrgent need to pee and then only peeing a few dropsFeverDiarrhoeaNauseareadmore07/9​DiagnosisIf you notice any of the above symptoms or a combination of symptoms, you should immediately rush to the doctor. Urine sample, physical examination and your child’s medical history might be needed for the diagnosis.The sample will be tested in the lab for germs in it. They might do a culture test as well, where they place the urine in a dish and check what kind of bacteria grows in it. This helps your doctor find the exact germ that caused the infection and the right medicine to treat it. If your child has had a few UTIs, your doctor might even recommend you to go to a nephrologist (kidney specialist). The doctor might ask you to get some scans to know if there is a problem in the urinary tract.readmore08/9​UTI treatmentTreatment for UTI includes antibiotics and drinking lots of liquid. Using clean bathrooms and treating constipation can also help prevent another UTI.Make sure your child finishes the antibiotic course, even if they start feeling better after a dose or two. Stopping in the middle can make the germs more resistant to antibiotics and cause another infection. Check with your doctor if the symptoms don’t improve 3 days after having the antibiotic. readmore09/9​How to prevent UTI in futureAs your child gets older, make them learn good bathroom habits. Tell them it is important to go to the bathroom as soon as they feel the urge and not hold it. Instruct the girls to wipe from front to back, this helps prevent the bacteria from the poop from getting into the urinary tract and vagina.Make your kids wear cotton undergarment for better airflow. Get them to drink lots of water. readmore
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