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In adults, the signs of a urinary tract infection are a little more obvious. Pediatric urinary tract infections, however, can be a little harder to detect. Part of this is due to the fact that young children are not always able to describe how they feel. Possible signs include fever, irritability, and urinary incontinence.
How common are urinary tract infections in the pediatric population? An estimated 3 percent of children in the United States develop these infections each year. Girls have a greater risk of developing them than boys. The most common cause is an abnormality in the urinary tract. However, some children also just seem to be more prone to them.
If your child has a normal urinary tract but seems prone to infections, regular trips to the bathroom can help prevent this. Also, teach proper cleaning techniques after urinating. Cases that are due to an abnormal urinary tract sometimes correct themselves; at times, surgery is necessary.
(Click Urinary Tract Infection in Children to learn more about possible symptoms, how a diagnosis is made, the risks of leaving this condition untreated, and more.)
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