Dr. Douglas Leet: Urinary Tract Infections in Children by douglasleet


									Dr. Douglas Leet: Urinary Tract Infections
               in Children

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
(NIDDK), approximately 3 percent of all children are diagnosed with a urinary tract
infection (UTI) each year in the United States, which results in more than 1 million
visits each year to a pediatrician. Douglas Leet, MD, specializes in urology and is a
physician at North Carolina Urological Associates. Here, he discusses the causes,
symptoms, and treatment of urinary tract infections in children.

UTI Causes – Urinary tract infections in children are often caused by a bacterium
known as Escherichia coli (E. coli), which makes its way up to the kidneys or
bladder. While typically there are no bacteria present in the urinary tract, certain
situations such as delayed urination, giving bubble baths, or an illness in the brain
or nervous system, can allow bacteria to go into and remain in the urinary tract.

UTI Symptoms – In most children, symptoms may include pain when urinating,
low appetite, high fever, or some may not experience any symptoms at all. If a
child appears listless and has a high fever for more than a day without any other
symptoms, he or she should be examined by a physician.

UTI Treatment – Most children are treated with antibiotics to combat a UTI. While
most are cured with the first round of antibiotics, some children may have to
undergo treatment anywhere from 6 months to 2 years.

Dr. Douglas Leet has nearly 40 years of experience as a urologist. He holds
certifications from the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American
Board of Urology.

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