Healthy Moments Episode

Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infections in Children

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Dec 12, 2011 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers points out that when a child has a urinary tract infection, it may not be obvious.


If your child is not feeling well, and you don't know why, they may have a urinary tract infection, or UTI. UTIs account for more than 1 million visits to the pediatrician each year.

Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers, bringing you Healthy Moments from the NIH. I'm the director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Throughout childhood, the risk of having a UTI is 8 percent for girls and 2 percent for boys. It's important to diagnose and treat UTIs early. Although most are not serious, some can lead to serious problems, such as kidney infections. For children, symptoms can range from absent to severe and include:

  • foul smelling urine
  • painful or frequent urination
  • fever, irritability or pain in the lower abdomen or back
  • also, nausea, vomiting or loss of appetite\

Call the pediatrician if you think your child has a UTI. For more tips, visit our website at NIDDK​, where you can hear more Healthy Moments. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers.

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