Urinary tract infection in kids is a common ailment but definitely a reason to go to the doctor. Left untreated, a UTI can infect the kidneys which is a more serious condition. Parents know that kids can get a UTI from poor hygiene habits or as the result of a blockage. But what causes a recurring UTI?
Some kids are simply genetically predisposed to get UTIs. Like allergies or getting a cold, some people are more likely to react to particular irritants. Examining the family history of the child may help shed light on a recurring UTI.
Dysfunctional voiding is also a common cause for urinary tract infection. This can occur when signals from the bladder to the brain get mixed up and the right muscles don’t relax, which means that the bladder never fully empties. Since urine contains toxins that the body is trying to expel, the longer it stays in the bladder the more likely it is that bacteria will infect the inner lining of the bladder.
A major factor in recurring UTIs is something called Vesicoureteral Reflux (VUR) which is when urine refluxes from the bladder back into the kidneys. This is a congenital condition, meaning it is present at birth, and most kids grow out of it with no long term damage. However, learning to spot the symptoms of a UTI early on can go a long way towards managing a recurring UTI.
Consider taking your child to the doctor if they experience any of the following:
pain when peeing
changes in appearance or smell of pee
lower abdominal pain
lower back pain or discomfort
At Athens Area Urology, the treatment process begins with urinalysis. We will then select the right treatment plan to fit your needs. This often involves antibiotics that target the specific bacteria causing the infection. It is important that the patient receives all doses for the antibiotic, even after symptoms have ended.
Most UTIs, if treated, run their course in about a week. But left untreated the infection will not go away on its own. If you have any questions or concerns about a UTI contact Athens Area Urology today.