Childhood Urinary Tract Infection Treatment
In childhood, urinary tract infection treatment involves antibiotics -- just as it does in adulthood. The course of childhood urinary tract infection treatment will depend on the type and severity of the infection. However, it is important that your child complete the recommended course of treatment even if the symptoms appear to go away.
Childhood urinary tract infections are treated with bacteria-fighting drugs called antibiotics. Although your healthcare provider may begin treatment while a urine sample is being examined, once the culture results are known, your healthcare provider may decide to switch your child to a different antibiotic.
The course of treatment will depend on the type and severity of the infection. Antibiotics can be given intravenously, when a child is sick and is not able to drink fluids. Otherwise, the antibiotics (liquid or pills) can be given by mouth or as shots. Antibiotics are usually given for at least 3 to 5 days and up to several weeks.
It is important that your child complete the recommended course of treatment, even if the symptoms appear to go away. Infections can return, and germs can resist future urinary tract infection treatment if the antibiotics are stopped too soon.
Children should drink fluids when they are thirsty; you should not force your child to drink large amounts of fluid. However, tell your child's healthcare provider if your child is not interested in drinking.