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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