• 20 MAY 14

    Urinary Tract Infections

    Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are infections of the bladder, kidneys, or both. They are caused by bacteria that spread from fecal (bowel movement) material. Without proper treatment, UTI’s may lead to kidney damage. It is important to call our office as soon as possible if you suspect your child may have a UTI.

    The main symptoms of UTI’s are pain and/or burning with urination, frequent urination, wetting accidents, abnormal smelling urine, nausea and vomiting, and fever. Fever occurs when the infection has spread to the kidneys and may be the only symptom in an infant or young child. These fevers are usually high grade (over 104) but may be lower initially.

    The risk of UTI is higher in girls than boys. Boys who get UTI are most often under 3 months of age and uncircumcised. Factors that increase the risk of UTI include constipation, poor hygiene, and urine-holding behaviors (waiting till the last minute to urinate and then rushing to the bathroom). UTI’s may be the result of a problem with the urinary system, such as reflux (backward flow of urine toward the kidney when the bladder squeezes at urination).

    The diagnosis of UTI depends on a properly collected fresh urine sample, which we can collect and analyze immediately at our office. All children suspected of having UTI are treated with antibiotics. Please schedule an appointment right away if you suspect that your child may have a UTI.

Health Topics

  • Colic

    Newborns with colic have long-lasting periods of crying and fussing. The cause of colic is unknown but is probably related to the baby’s temperament. It occurs in infants from birth to age 3 months.

  • Croup

    A croupy cough is a tight barking (like a seal) sounding cough. The voice or cry is hoarse usually and sometimes there is a fever and congestion. If you think your child has croup, they should be seen in the office.

  • Diaper Rash

    A baby’s sensitive skin is easily irritated by urine and stool. To prevent this irritation, you can apply a barrier cream like Desitin with each diaper change.

  • Eczema

    Eczema is a chronic, red, itchy skin disorder that is very common, affecting 10% of children. It is often seen in children who have allergies. The skin is usually dry and may also become thickened with time.

  • Insect Bites

    If the insect bites are itchy and swollen, it’s okay to apply hydrocortisone cream 1% (Cortaid or other brand) twice a day as needed for 5-7 days.

  • Immunization Reaction

    Common side effects following vaccination include local reactions such as redness, swelling, or tenderness at the site of injection and fever less than 101 degrees F.

  • Gastroesophageal Reflux

    Gastroesophageal reflux occurs when the contents of the stomach, including stomach acid, move upward (reflux) into the esophagus (swallowing tube).

  • Ear Infection

    If your child is verbal and complains of ear pain, or crying and tugging of the ear in a younger child, you may use a warm pack applied externally over the ear to help alleviate the pain.

  • Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

    Conjunctivitis, or Pink Eye, is caused by viruses, bacteria or allergies. Commonly this occurs with viral upper respiratory infections.

  • Strep Throat

    If your child complains of a sore throat along with possibly fever, headache, stomachache, nausea or vomiting, call our office to make an appointment to have your child examined.

  • Teething

    Provide hard, cold teething toys to chew on. You may also give infant’s Tylenol.

  • Urinary Tract Infections

    Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are infections of the bladder, kidneys, or both. They are caused by bacteria that spread from fecal (bowel movement) material.

  • Cold or Sinus Infection

    A cold is an infection of the nose and sinuses caused by a virus, while a “sinus infection” is caused by bacteria in the nose and sinuses.