Urinary Tract Infections (Pediatric)

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What are urinary tract infections?

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are commonly seen in children before puberty. Children with a UTI and a fever should be seen by a doctor to determine if they have an anatomical abnormality predisposing them to the infection. Especially In children under age six, UTIs can cause kidney damage, and if left untreated, lead to kidney failure that requires dialysis or kidney transplantation.

What is the treatment for urinary tract infections?

Our doctors routinely look for vesicoureteral reflux (VUR), a condition in which urine backs up into the ureters and possibly up to the kidneys. Reflux exposes the kidneys to infection, causing hydronephrosis (swelling of the kidneys), and may require surgery to correct the anatomical problem underlying the disorder. Our surgeons use endoscopic, open and robotic surgical approaches to treat VUR.

UTIs without fever may be related to low consumption of water, holding of urine, constipation, or other behaviors. Our doctors work with you to help your child develop good water-drinking and bowel-elimination habits.