Does a kidney infection affect children differently than adults?

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Infants and toddlers are commonly affected with kidney infections. The symptoms are milder, causing diagnosis to be more difficult. While a toddler may complain of burning and painful urination, fever might be the only symptom of an infant. Most infant boys, especially uncircumcised boys, are prone to kidney infections. Girls, toddler age and older, are more likely to contract the infection, due to the fact that their urethra is shorter and located closer to the anal area. Older children and teenagers usually experience symptoms in the same way as adults.

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