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What are urinary tract infections in children?

A urinary tract infection is an inflammation and irritation of the bladder, urethra, ureters, or kidneys caused by bacteria. It is also known as cystitis.The incidence seems to be highest in kids under the age of 2, with most infections occurring in the first year. The rate isn’t very high when you look at the overall population -- somewhere around 2% -- but it can be a painful condition and requires treatment to prevent it from developing into a more serious kidney infection.

From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children

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