How do I know if my child has a UTI?
There are many symptoms of a UTI. Children will often exhibit very few of them.
However, the main symptoms to watch out for in children are:
- Persistent fever of unknown origin
- A burning sensation during urination
- Frequent or urgent urination
- Strong-smelling, cloudy or bloody urine
- Abdominal, back or side pain
If your child develops any of these symptoms, you should suspect a UTI and contact your doctor.
Symptoms are more difficult to detect in babies since they can’t tell you what is wrong. However, babies with UTI are usually more irritable, have a change in appetite, and suffer from vomiting or diarrhea. If the infection has reached the kidneys, your child will feel very ill and will usually develop a fever.