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    Urinary Tract Infections in Children - Symptoms

    Urinary tract infections (UTIs) in children may not cause obvious urinary symptoms. Symptoms of a UTI in an infant or young child may include:

    • Fever. This may be the only symptom in infants.
    • Irritability.
    • Lack of appetite.
    • Failure to gain weight or develop normally.
    • Foul-smelling urine.
    • Crying during urination.
    • Vomiting or diarrhea.

    In an older child with a UTI, symptoms are usually easier to recognize and may include:

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    • Pain or burning when urinating.
    • Urge to urinate frequently but usually passing only small amounts of urine.
    • Loss of bladder control, new bed-wetting, or other changes in urination habits.
    • Pain in the lower abdomen.
    • Reddish, pinkish, or cloudy urine.
    • Foul-smelling urine.
    • Pain in the flank, which is felt just below the rib cage and above the waist on one or both sides of the back.

    A doctor's evaluation can determine whether a UTI or another condition is causing your child's symptoms.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
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