Do kidney infections run in families?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Kidney infections aren't hereditary, but family can play a role. A mother who passes on the AIDS virus to her child is putting that child at risk for possible kidney infections. If diabetes or cancer runs in the family, your offspring may be more susceptible. Parents pass on personal hygiene practices to their children. If these practices do not instill good hygiene habits, children might be just as susceptible as their parents for a kidney infection. For instance, if a female child was not told to wipe from front to back after urinating and having a bowel movement, she may be more likely to contract a kidney infection.

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