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How are urinary tract infections (UTIs) in kids diagnosed?

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If your child has symptoms of a UTI, see your pediatrician. The doctor will take a urine sample and test it for bacteria. He can collect urine in a number of ways:

  • Older children can pee into a cup (doctors call this a “clean catch”).
  • Younger children who aren't toilet trained will have a plastic bag placed over their genitals to collect the urine.
  • Children who wear diapers can have a tube (catheter) inserted into their urethra and bladder to collect the sample.
  • In infants, the doctor can place a needle straight into the bladder through the stomach to get the sample.

From: If Your Child Gets a UTI WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) In Children."

Nemours Foundation: "Urinary Tract Infections."

Urology Care Foundation: "After Treatment," "How are UTIs Diagnosed in Children?" "How Are UTIs Treated in Children?" "What Are the Signs of UTIs in Children?" "What Causes UTIs in Children?" "What is a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) in Children?"

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on February 20, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) In Children."

Nemours Foundation: "Urinary Tract Infections."

Urology Care Foundation: "After Treatment," "How are UTIs Diagnosed in Children?" "How Are UTIs Treated in Children?" "What Are the Signs of UTIs in Children?" "What Causes UTIs in Children?" "What is a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) in Children?"

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on February 20, 2019

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