A Parent's Guide to Urinary Tract Infection in Children

Posted On Aug 16, 2022

Department of Urology

Manipal Hospitals

Urinary Tract Infection Treatment in Patiala

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a painful condition where bacteria infect your child's urinary system. The disease can occur in any part of the urinary tract, including the bladder, urethra, and kidneys. Symptoms of UTI in children include fever, chills, and pain or burning sensation when urinating. Connect with Manipal Hospitals for UTI treatment in Patiala. Our experienced doctors in Urology centers of excellence can address all your concerns related to urinary tract infections in children.   

What Are The Symptoms Of UTI In Children?

Several signs of a urinary tract infection may be present in your child, including fever, urinary frequency, blood in the urine, pain in their lower abdomen or groin area and pain while urinating. They may also feel pain while emptying the bladder. 

What Causes UTI In A Child?

Several factors can make a child more prone to UTIs. Some of these include:

  • Gender

Girls are at higher risk than boys for UTIs, as they have shorter urethras (tubes via which urine exits the body) and have thinner and more sensitive skin around the urethras.

  • Age

Kids younger than six years old are more likely to get a UTI than older kids. A possible reason is their immune systems aren't as developed yet, or they're still learning to clean themselves after going to the bathroom. Not changing diapers frequently may also be the cause of infection in kids in this age group.

  • History of Urine Infections

If your child has had at least three previous infections within six months before their current one, they may be considered "recurrent." Their urinary system causes difficulty keeping bacteria out and away from urethra openings. Usually, this wouldn't happen until later in life when someone's immune system matures enough so that these bacteria don't cause problems anymore (but sometimes even then). 

The other reasons someone will have repeated episodes without developing further complications like kidney stones include anatomical abnormalities such as adhesions between organs like those found inside bodies during surgery which could lead doctors towards surgery if necessary.

The best way to treat a child with a UTI?

One of the most important ways to treat a UTI is with antibiotics. Antibiotics are safe and effective in treating urinary tract infections in children, and they work by killing or preventing the bacteria growth that causes UTIs. Suppose you have a child with significant pain or other symptoms of a urinary tract infection. In that case, you must bring them to see a Urologist in Mangalore immediately so they can get treated on time. Book an appointment at Manipal Hospitals for Urinary Tract Infection Treatment in Patiala.

How to prevent UTIs in children?

Guide your children to follow the following as these hygiene practices will help prevent UTIs.

  • Frequent Urination

Encourage your children to urinate every two to three hours and never ‘hold it’. This will empty their bladder fully and get rid of toxins.

  • Drink Plenty of Fluids

Children should drink at least six to eight glasses of fluid in a day while awake, even if they don't feel thirsty. If your child has been sweating or vomiting a lot, they need to drink even more.

  • Avoid Holding Urine

Avoid holding or delaying toilet trips until complete voiding is possible to reduce risk factors for developing UTI or recurrent UTI (repeat infections).

  • Avoid Bubble Baths and Tight-Fitting Undergarments

These may irritate the urethra and cause irritation that could lead to disease when bacteria get trapped in this area between urination attempts.

  • Wash Hands Thoroughly

Proper hand washing with soap after using the bathroom will help prevent the spread from person-to-person contact via shared surfaces such as countertops or sinks where germs can thrive if not adequately disinfected regularly throughout each day.

The Best Urology Hospital in Patiala

If you are looking for a urologist to help your child recover from UTI, Manipal Hospitals, Patiala is the best urology hospital in Patiala. We offer avant-garde technology and the latest facilities to help adults and kids recover from urological conditions like UTIs. The urology facilities at Manipal Hospitals include:

  • Uro-oncology

  • Robotic surgery

  • Minimally invasive surgeries 

  • Paediatric urology 

  • Reconstructive urology

  • Female urology with cutting-edge technologies and equipment like:

  • Lithotripsy machine: For treatment of kidney stones

  • Urodynamic system machine: For assessment of complex voiding dysfunction

  • Lithoclast and laser machine for stones and prostate

  • Robotic surgery: for kidney/prostate and bladder cancer

  • Robotic surgery: for pelvic organ prolapse

To book an appointment, call us at 175-5000-222, or visit us online. 

Wishing you the best of health for your child.

Dr. Yogesh Garg

Consultant - Urology

Manipal Hospitals, Patiala

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