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What are the main symptoms of urinary tract infections (UTIs) in kids?

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In older kids, the symptoms are often clear. The main symptoms are pain in the lower belly, back, or side and an urgent need to pee or pee more often. Some kids who already have been toilet trained lose control over their bladder, and may wet the bed.

With younger children, you might need to do a little digging to find out what's wrong. Infants can have more general symptoms, like fussiness, little interest in food, or a fever.

Other symptoms of a UTI include:

  • Burning or pain when your child pees
  • Foul-smelling or cloudy pee
  • An urgent need to go, and then only peeing a few drops
  • Fever
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

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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