Taking The Scary Out Of Urinary Tract Infections

Baby with UTI

What’s A UTI?

By the time they’re 5 years old, about 8% of girls and 1-2% of boys will have at least one UTI.  Most UTIs are caused when bacteria infect the urinary tract, which is made up of the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra.  An infection can occur anywhere along this tract, but the lower part—the urethra and bladder—is usually the point of infection.  This is called cystitis, while an infection that travels up to the ureters and kidneys is called pyelonephritis and is usually more serious in nature.  UTIs are highly treatable, but it is important to catch them early.  Undiagnosed and untreated UTIs can lead to kidney damage, especially in kids younger than 6.

How Can I Tell?


  • Pain Or Burning During Urination
  • Slow Urine Stream
  • Irritability
  • Lack Of Appetite
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Cloudy, Dark, Foul-smelling Urine


Once your child’s pediatrician has taken urine samples and tested for the presence of bacterial, UTIs can be easily treated with antibiotics.  If your child is also experiencing severe pain during urination, your pediatrician may also prescribe a medication that numbs the lining of the urinary tract.  Once antibiotic treatment has begun, UTI symptoms should improve with 2-3 days.

Always Trust Your Common Sense.  If Your Child Is Not Acting Like Herself, Call Your Doctor.