Urinary Tract Infections in Children - Symptoms

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What are symptoms and signs of urinary tract infections (UTIs) in children?

Characteristic symptoms of a urinary tract infection include pain with urination (dysuria), urinary frequency (needing to urinate frequently) and urgency (feeling a compelling urge to urinate) and loss of previously established urinary control (for example, bedwetting). Nonspecific but common symptoms include fever (especially >102.2 F or 39 C) and abdominal pain. For some children less than 2 years of age, these more subtle problems may be the only indicator of a UTI. Associated symptoms of concern include flank pain, fever, and vomiting. Obvious blood in the urine (gross hematuria) as well as a positive family history for childhood urinary tract infections (especially in siblings) are also red flags and should raise the level of concern. Interestingly, the odor and color (with the exception of obvious blood) of the urine are not predictors of a UTI.

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Comment from: Priya, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 23

Because of urinary tract infection my daughter had a fever up to 103F. When she had a paracetamol the fever will reduce for 4 hours and then again the fever starts shooting to 1 degree each hour. Also she had an upper abdominal pain with vomiting.

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Comment from: Ildi, 3-6 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 11

My son started vomiting and had high (39 C) fever due to urinary tract infection (UTI). Also, in school he would go to urinate and by the time he got back to the classroom he would have the urge to go back again.

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