Does your child have a Urinary Tract Infection? This articles gives you all the information you need to know about UTIs and ways to deal with them.
By Team ParentCircle
The workings of the excretory system are often shrouded in euphemisms and discreet whispers. So, when things go wrong, it gets painfully embarrassing for the child to discuss the subject, even with the parent. Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is one of the usual suspects. That’s why you have to be aware and vigilant. Knowing all you have to about the condition can help you relieve your child of unnecessary pain and discomfort.
UTI is an infection of the part of the excretory system through which urine passes; this includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra.
The causes of urinary tract infection in children can be varied and diverse. Here are the common ones:
The symptoms in children are
Symptoms may vary from one child to another. At the first sign of any of the above symptoms, consult a peadiatrician. A urine test (culture) is often required to confirm infection.
After confirming the infection, work with the doctor and find the cause. If the cause is not addressed, the infection will reoccur. Antibiotics are the main line of treatment here.
Prenatal ultrasound scans are regularly done for a pregnant woman. Any underlying problem in the foetus’ kidney can be identified at this stage, for it might lead to UTI after the birth of the child. Any baby with symptoms such as fever, vomiting, discomfort and pain while passing urine, passing droplets of urine, etc., should be screened for UTI.
Urinary tract infection is a common problem in children. It is important to follow the advice of your paediatrician and treat it. Here’s what Dr V K Sairam, Paediatric Nephrologist, requests parents to do, “Help your children lead a healthy life – playing outdoors, getting good sunlight, eating well and cultivating good habits.”
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