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.
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.