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Pediatric Urology - UTI

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a bacterial infection in the urinary tract. 

The urinary tract is made up of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Children often get UTIs that affect the bladder. 

UTIs can be uncomfortable and painful. But with treatment, most children recover with no lasting effects. Marshfield Clinic has specialists who are trained in diagnosis and treatment of urinary tract infections.


Your doctor may recommend medication and some tips to help manage the painful symptoms of the UTI.

In some cases the doctor will prescribe antibiotics as a long-term method to fight off the infection. Over-the-counter pain relief like ibuprofen/acetaminophen can be used to reduce pain and fever.

"Voiding" procedure
In order to rule out reflux, a physician may consider a bladder X-ray to see if there is backflow. If so, the child may be given antibiotics and regular check-ups to confirm the condition is improving.​

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Take the Urinary Tract Infection Quiz

Your urinary tract includes the organs that collect and store urine and release it from your body. They are the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra.

1. The average adult passes about 3 quarts of urine a day.
2. Normal urine is sterile.
3. Many different types of bacteria can cause an infection of the urinary tract.
4. If an infection of the urethra isn't treated, the bacteria can move up to the bladder, causing an infection there.
5. A kidney stone can cause a UTI.
6. People with diabetes are more likely to get UTIs.
7. Women get more UTIs than men.
8. Feeling tired, shaky, and washed out are symptoms of a UTI.
9. Often, a UTI can be cured with 1 to 2 days of treatment.