Little Bladders, Big Worries

UTIs in Children and How Healthcare Express Can Help

Does your child seem uncomfortable in the bathroom? UTIs, or urinary tract infections, are common in children, especially girls. This blog will help you understand UTIs, how to spot the signs, and how Healthcare Express can provide fast and convenient treatment, either virtually or in-clinic.

How Tiny Travellers Get UTIs:

UTIs happen when bacteria enter the urinary tract. In children, wiping from back to front or infrequent urination can increase the risk. Uncircumcised boys are also slightly more prone to UTIs in infancy.

According to the JAMA network: Children are most likely to get UTIs between the ages of 2 and 5, with girls being significantly more prone to them compared to boys.

Uh Oh! Signs of a UTI:

Symptoms can vary by age, but here's a general guide:

  • Infants: Fever, fussiness, poor feeding, vomiting.
  • Toddlers: Frequent urination, pain or burning when peeing, accidents, strong-smelling urine.
  • Older Children: All of the above plus lower belly pain, blood in the urine.

Treatment Time:

UTIs are easily treated with antibiotics. Early diagnosis is key to prevent complications. Healthcare Express offers both virtual and in-clinic visits, making it convenient to get your child the care they need quickly.

Preventing the Splash:

Here are some tips to help prevent UTIs:

  • Encourage frequent urination and complete emptying of the bladder.
  • Wipe front to back after using the toilet.
  • Have girls wear cotton underwear and loose-fitting clothing.
  • Increase water intake to flush out bacteria.

Don't Let It Linger:

Left untreated, UTIs can lead to kidney infections, which can cause serious damage. If you suspect a UTI, don't wait! Schedule a virtual or in-clinic visit with Healthcare Express today.