A UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) is an infection of the bladder or kidneys. It is caused by bacteria and is treated with antibiotics. Bladder infections are far more common than kidney infections; kidney infections are more serious and may need treatment with antibiotics through a drip in their vein
Your child is more likely to get a UTI if they are under 1 year old, a girl, or have problems with their urinary tract. About 8 in every 100 girls and 2 in every 100 boys will have had a urinary tract infection by the time they are 7 years old.
What are the symptoms?
It can be difficult to tell when a child has a UTI, especially if they are very young. The symptoms can vary depending on your child's age and the severity of the infection. Features suggesting a bladder infection include:
- Pain or stinging when passing urine
- Passing urine more often than normal
- Crying when passing urine
- Refusing to pass urine
If the following features are also present, your child might have a kidney infection:
- Back or tummy pain