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How do you treat a Uti in kids?

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A UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) is a bacterial infection that can affect any part of the urinary tract, including the bladder, kidneys, ureters and urethra. It's not uncommon for more girls than boys to develop a UTI.

UTI symptoms can include cloudy, bloody or odd smelling urine, difficulty or pain urinating, or a frequent urge to urinate.

If you suspect your child has a UTI, they must be seen by a doctor. Should there be a UTI and it's left untreated, it could cause kidney damage.

The doctor will need a clean sample of your child's urine. They may need your help with this or they have to use a catheter to obtain it. With a UTI diagnosis, your child will be prescribed an antibiotic. It is extremely important they finish the whole course of treatment, even if they start feeling better in a few days. Not doing so may lead to the infection lingering.

You can try and prevent UTIs from happening by encouraging your child to drink lots of fluids, limiting bubble baths for girls since the soap can easily irritate their genitals, making sure girls wipe from front to back, and offering 4-6 oz. of cranberry juice each day.

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