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When should I call the doctor if my child has a urinary tract infection?

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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