Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) in Children

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What is a UTI?

A urinary tract infection is a bacterial infection in the urinary tract that can cause discomfort and complications in your child if left untreated. The experts at Boston Children’s Hospital 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.

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.

diagram of urinary tract

Resources for Urinary Tract Infections at Boston Children’s:

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