The Painful Truth about Babies and Urinary Tract InfectionsIN INFANTS' HEALTH
The urinary tract is comprised of the parts of the body that help remove liquid waste (urine) from the body: the bladder, kidneys, ureters, and urethra. When bacteria enters the urinary tract, usually from the skin around the rectum or genitals, and infects any part of the system, a UTI develops.
When a baby or child develops a UTI, he or she can experience any of these symptoms:
- bloody or cloudy urine
- foul-smelling urine
- painful urination (possibly indicated by crying)
- vomiting and refusal to eat
Because untreated UTIs can lead to permanent kidney damage or kidney failure, babies with unexplained fevers should always be tested for potential UTIs. Your pediatrician can collect a urine sample (usually by placing a plastic bag over a baby's genitals to "catch" the urine or by using a catheter) and perform a urine culture to check for bacteria. If the test comes back positive for the bacteria, an antibiotic can be prescribed to treat the infection.
With proper medical treatment, including prescription antibiotics, most UTIs will clear up within a week. Even if your baby seems to be feeling better, always complete the full prescription of antibiotics.
Because constipation, the difficulty or inability to pass stool, has been linked to a higher risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs) in infants and children, you want to do everything you can to prevent your child from developing this uncomfortable problem. While breastfed babies typically don't experience constipation, it's not an uncommon problem in formula-fed babies. To help relieve constipation in your son or daughter, talk to your pediatrician about taking these tips from the National Institutes of Health:
While breastfed babies typically don't experience constipation, it's not an uncommon problem in formula-fed babies. To help relieve constipation in your son or daughter, talk to your pediatrician about taking these tips from the National Institutes of Health:
Sources: www.babycenter.com, www.keepkidshealthy.com, www.kidshealth.org, www.nlm.nih.gov © 2013. True North Custom Media. All Rights Reserved.