Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) in Children

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What is a urinary tract infection (UTI)?

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a bacterial infection in the urinary tract that can cause discomfort and complications in your child if left untreated. There are several more common types of UTIs:

  • Urethritis — an infection of the urethra

  • Cystitis — a bacterial infection in the bladder that often has moved up from the urethra

  • Pyelonephritis — a urinary infection of the kidneys that is usually a result of an infection that has spread up the tract, or from an obstruction in the urinary tract

Facts about UTIs in children

  • Urinary tract infections aren’t very common in children who are not yet toilet trained, so if your baby has one, it’s important to do further testing.
  • UTIs are more common in girls, because girls have a shorter urethra.
  • Uncircumcised boys are more likely to develop a UTI than circumcised boys.
  • Children with a complete or partial blockage in the urinary tract are more likely to develop UTI.

Care for UTIs

Boston Children’s Hospital UTI experts will work with you to ease your child’s discomfort and find a solution to the infection and any resulting complications. Ranked #1 in urology by U.S. News & World Report, our specialists diagnose, treat and care for infants, children and adolescents with issues affecting the urinary tract, bladder and kidneys. Explore pediatric UTI symptoms, testing for UTIs and UTI treatments

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- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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