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Bladder Infection in Children Overview

Another name for Bladder Infection in Children is Urinary Tract Infections in Children.

What are urinary tract infections in children?
A child with a urinary tract infection has an infection of the bladder or kidneys, usually caused by bacteria. Bacterial from the rectum or the vagina enter the urethra, and then spread to the bladder of kidneys. Urinary tract infections are extremely rare in males.

What are the symptoms of urinary tract infections in children?
Symptoms of urinary tract infections in children include pain during urination, increased urinary frequency, a constant urge to urinate, blood in the urine, fever, and lower abdominal pain. Additional symptoms in children who have a kidney infection include back pain, flank pain, fatigue and vomiting.

How does the doctor treat urinary tract infections in children?
Treatment for urinary tract infections in children may include plenty of liquids, pain medication, and antibiotics. Some urinary tract infections may require surgery, in order to remove infected tissue.

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Last Updated: Feb 12, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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