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Why are girls more likely to get urinary tract infections (UTIs) than boys?

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Girls are more likely to get UTIs than boys are because their urethra is shorter. Bacteria from the anus can more easily get into the vagina and urethra.

Some kids have a problem with their bladder or kidneys that makes them more likely to get UTIs. Narrowing in the urinary tract can block urine flow and allow germs to multiply. A condition called vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) can cause urine to back up from the bladder into the ureters and kidneys.

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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