Signs of UTI In Toddlers & Treating It

Toddler urinary tract infection is one of the common conditions suffered by toddlers and young children. It is caused by bacteria that are usually found in the system, usually in the intestinal tract that spreads to the urinary tract. Urinary tract infection though common isn't dangerous as long as it is treated properly.

Urinary Tract Infection in Toddlers

A urinary tract infection usually starts in the urethra, the tube through which urine exits the body from the bladder. It then goes on to affect the rest of the urinary system.

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If left undetected and untreated (which is generally unlikely) the infection can spread up to the kidneys. In very rare cases this may lead to possible kidney damage.

Toddler Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms

Symptoms of urinary tract infection in toddlers aren't easy to spot. Burning sensation and abdominal cramps aren't easy to identify in toddlers. Therefore parents need to be extra observant to recognize some of the more visible signs of a urinary tract infection and consult a doctor. The signs of urinary tract infection toddlers include loss of energy, lethargy, discolored, smelly urine. In some cases the toddler may also have bloody urine. In case of potty trained children, signs of UTI infection include frequent and painful visits to the bathroom. If your toddler is still in diapers, you'll be changing more diapers than usual. If these symptoms are accompanied by an unexplained fever, poor appetite and vomiting you need to make a doctor's appointment.

Causes of Urinary Tract Infection in Toddlers

A urinary tract infection is caused by bacterial growth in the urinary tract. Once they enter the urinary tract they bind to the urinary tract lining and multiply. Toddlers in diapers are more susceptible to infection because wearing dirty diapers increases bacterial growth and the chances of urinary infection. Inadequate hydration and constipation can also lead to urinary tract infection.

Urinary Tract Infection Toddlers Treatment

If you suspect a urinary tract infection it is important to visit your toddler's pediatrician. The most common treatment for a urinary tract infection is a prescribed course of antibiotics.

Along with the medication, there are a number of measures you can take at home to speed up recovery. These include making sure your toddler is always well hydrated. Be sure your toddler is drinking enough water and having a healthy share of fruits through the day. Water and fruits are the simplest way to prevent constipation, and thereby a urinary tract infection. If your toddler is prone to UTIs avoid using strong soaps and shampoos. These can cause irritation and aggravate infection. Also be sure to change soiled diapers immediately and to wipe the toddler from front to back, shielding the urethra from present bacteria.

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