Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)

Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)

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    If your child has a urinary tract infection, you should call the doctor for the following reasons.
    • Your child has completed a course of antibiotics for the infection and you want to follow up with the doctor to be sure the infection has cleared.
    • Your child's symptoms do not improve within 48 hours of starting treatment.
    • Your child spikes a fever, or a fever returns after starting treatment, or your child has a seizure related to a fever.
    • Your child experiences increased pain in the stomach, back or side.
    • Your child has chills.
    • Your child begins to vomit.
    • Your child has signs of dehydration (very dark urine, excessive thirst, dry mouth, dizziness).
    • Your child has recurrent urinary tract infections.
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    Painful urination or "dysuria" is any discomfort you experience when urinating. Often people with dysuria experience a burning sensation while urinating or a sense of urgency just before they urinate.

    Dysuria may be due to an infection anywhere in the urinary tract, including the bladder or the urethra (the small tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body). It can also be caused by irritation or infection of the prostate gland in men, or the vagina in women and girls. Some sexually transmitted diseases, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and herpes simplex virus can also cause dysuria.

    If you are experiencing pain upon urinating, call your doctor, who may do a physical exam and order a urine culture to determine the cause of your pain.
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    Why Is It Important to See a Doctor for Urinary Tract Infections?
    An untreated urinary tract infection can infect the kidneys, so it's important to see your doctor, says Jayram Krishnan, DO, a urologist at Sunrise Hospital. In this video, he explains that kidney infection can lead to hospitalization.  
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    What Do Changes in Urine Indicate?
    Change in your urine's color or smell can indicate a urinary tract infection, says Jayram Krishnan, DO, a urologist at Sunrise Hospital. In this video, he encourages people to know their own bodies so they can recognize changes.
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    Often urinary tract infection (UTI) is the first sign of a congenital bladder or kidney anomaly. These UTIs may go undiagnosed if there is not a proper examination of the urine. If a true UTI exists then renal and bladder ultrasound as well as a VCUG should be performed to rule out any renal or bladder anomalies. Thirty to forty percent of children with a UTI accompanied by a high fever will have some type of urologic anomaly from birth.
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    Antibiotics are most beneficial during the first 6 months of treatment. That's when a urinary tract infection (UTI) is most likely to stage a comeback in infection-prone kids. Long-term antibiotic use in children with UTIs has been linked to antibiotic resistance (when wily germs mutate to the point that they laugh off an antibiotic).

    If your child has a normal urinary tract, she may be able to prevent future infections by following a few simple rules:
    • Go when she needs to go. Holding it till she's doing the pee-pee dance outside the bathroom can cause urine to back up and allow bacteria to thrive.
    • Clean properly. Children need to be taught to wipe front to back after urinating to avoid carrying bacteria from the rectum to the urinary tract.
    • Avoid bubble baths and strong soaps. Both can irritate the urethra and make it painful to urinate. If she tries not to go because of this, it increases her UTI risk.

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    Menopausal women are more prone to urinary tract infections (UTIs). The primary symptoms are painful urination or a need to urinate and void frequently. This problem is encountered more frequently after the age of 60 (i.e., after menopause) but may occur earlier. UTIs may be brought on by loss of estrogen and the resulting skin and glandular thinning around the urethra. Estrogen replenishment or local estrogen treatment may reduce the likelihood of urinary tract infections.

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    Call or go to the doctor or clinic if you think you have a bladder infection (urinary tract infection). Only a doctor can give you medicine to cure a UTI. If you can't reach the doctor or clinic, go to an urgent-care clinic or to the hospital.

    To treat pain while you wait for medical care, use acetaminophen (like Tylenol) or ibuprofen (like Advil). Follow the instructions for timing and dose. Do not give aspirin to a child or teen -- it increases risk for a serious problem called Reye's syndrome.
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    Studies in Japan and China have favorable results regarding blueberries preventing UTI. However, there have been few trials in English-speaking countries. The studies exploring blueberries for UTI are currently considered too poor methodologically to yield clinically useful information. 
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    Bladder issues, such as frequent urination or burning, may mean your body is signaling a spreading urinary tract infection. Many women experience UTI, or a bacterial infection of the bladder. Sometimes the bacteria can ascend to the uterus, releasing pus into the kidneys and even spreading into the blood. In a worst-case scenario, what started as a normal UTI can lead to organ failure.

    How do you know if you have a typical UTI or if your body is alerting you to something more serious? If, in addition to typical bladder issues, you experience fever, a rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, or back pain, see your doctor as it may be a sign your UTI is spreading and should be treated immediately with antibiotics.
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