Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) | Treatments

How are urinary tract infections treated?

Treatments for urinary tract infections (UTIs) may include:

  • antibiotics
  • a heating pad or medications (to relieve pain)
  • increased fluid intake (especially water)

Your child's physician may ask you to bring your child back into the office for a re-evaluation a few days after treatment starts.

How are urinary tract infections prevented?

Ensure that your child is voiding regularly (every two to three hours) and takes the time to completely empty the bladder. Teach your child to wipe his or her bottom from front to back. 

If your son is uncircumcised, he should be taught how to retract the foreskin on his penis and clean himself. However, his foreskin should never be retracted forcibly. And make sure that he knows to not allow the foreskin to stay retracted for long periods as this may shut off the blood supply to the head of the penis causing pain and possible injury.