Do kids get UTIs?

October 18, 2017 Alexandra Rank

UTIs in children

Do kids get UTIs? Urinary tract infections in children. 

Most people think of young, sexually active women when they think of UTIs, but UTIs are not exclusive to grown women. In fact, both males and females of any age range are at risk of acquiring a UTI. 

UTIs are the most common bacterial infections among children 0-2 years old, according to Dr. Mary Harding. The main victims of these infections are uncircumcised male infants. An article by FoxNewsHealth explains that uncircumcised male babies are 10 times more likely to develop a UTI in their first year of life than their peers who are circumcised. Still, the chance is still not particularly high—approximately one in one hundred uncircumcised infants will develop a UTI by the time they are one year old. Whether the UTI is related to circumcision or not, children who suffer from UTIs before the age of two should be taken in to see a medical professional, as it could be indicative of other health problems.

Many times, UTIs in children are unrelated to bigger health issues. Many of the symptoms of urinary tract infections in children are the same as those in adults, including the frequent need to use the bathroom, pain during urination, and sometimes the presence of blood in the urine. However, there are other symptoms which are common for children that suffer from UTIs that aren’t typically experienced by adults. These symptoms include bed-wetting/loss of urinary control, abdominal pain, fever, and even vomiting.

Children develop urinary tract infections for the same reason that adults do—bacteria entering the urethra. A lot of times UTIs in children are related to behavioral or hygienic habits, like the following: 

  1. Wiping from back to front, spreading bacteria from the anus to the urethra 
  2. Not urinating frequently enough, or holding urine in for too long. Using the bathroom is an efficient way to flush out unwanted bacteria.
  3. Not bathing or changing underwear on a regular basis.

UTIs can be treated for children with antibiotics just as they can be for adults. Simple measures can be taken to prevent UTIs. Help your child by promoting consistent hydration, frequent urination, and good wiping habits. If you need backup, try Uqora. Uqora is safe for children and is an effective, easy, and tasty way to flush out UTI-causing bacteria.

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