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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
But if your child has vesicoureteral reflux, the urine does move backward into the ureters and kidney. Some children only have mild VUR, while others have large amounts of urine moving backward into their kidneys.
Although VUR by itself is not usually painful, VUR can become a problem if the child develops a urinary tract infection (UTI) in the bladder. With this type of infection, the bacteria are carried backwards from the bladder to the kidneys, and this can result in serious infection and possibly damage to the kidneys.
VUR is a condition that affects about 1 to 3 percent of all children. However, there are certain groups of children in whom VUR is much more common, including:
The Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Urology team takes a conservative approach to VUR. Most children will outgrow their VUR on their own, and we give them a chance to do just that.
Our main goal is to treat vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) and prevent infections that might affect the kidneys and possibly cause kidney damage. Our specialists provide a comprehensive approach to the management of vesicoureteral reflux from initial diagnosis to treatment and follow-up care.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”