Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Norton Children’s Urology physicians are fellowship trained in pediatric and adolescent urology specialty care. They are the specialists providing urinary tract infection (UTI) care in Louisville and Southern Indiana.

Our specialists bring skill, respect and sensitivity to caring for your child’s urological needs.

Urinary tract infections occur when bacteria enter the bladder or kidneys. Treatment for UTI is easy, and the infection clears up quickly.

Most UTIs occur in the bladder (cystitis). Sometimes the infection can travel to the kidneys (pyelonephritis).

UTI Causes

UTIs are relatively common in kids. The condition is more common in girls because they have a shorter urethra. Boys can develop a urinary tract infection, and it’s more likely to occur in uncircumcised boys.

A child gets a UTI when there is abnormal bacteria growth in the urine. Contributing factors may include:

  • Exposure to wet diapers
  • Holding in urine
  • In girls, wiping “back to front” spreads germs

UTI Symptoms

It’s not always obvious when an infant or young child has a UTI. Symptoms in this age group may include:

  • Fever
  • Irritability
  • Foul-smelling urine
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Decreased appetite

Symptoms in older children may include:

  • Urgency to urinate
  • Painful urination
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Frequent urination
  • Blood in urine
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Fever or chills
  • Pain in the back or side
  • Fatigue

If we suspect your child has a UTI, our team will collect a urine sample. Our lab will perform a test called a urinalysis to check for bacteria. In some cases, the lab may perform a urine culture, which gives more detailed information about the microorganism that may be causing the infection. This will give us a better idea of the antibiotic that’s needed to treat the UTI.

UTI Treatment

Antibiotics kill bacteria and successfully treat UTIs. Kids with UTIs should drink plenty of fluid, especially water.

We may recommend a pain reliever to ease discomfort. Heating pads typically are not recommended because they can allow bacteria to grow, and there is a chance of a child being burned.

Urology – 1670

Contact Us

Want to schedule an appointment with Norton Children’s Urology?

(502) 559-1670


Information on conditions unique to girls and young women can be found at
Norton Children’s
Gynecology

What is vesicoureteral reflux (VUR)?

Under normal circumstances, urine flows from the kidneys to the bladder through tubes called ureters. Vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) is a condition that causes this flow to be reversed. VUR is most commonly diagnosed in infants and […]

Read Full Story

When to start toilet training

Toilet training is a difficult transition for both children and parents. When should parents start toilet training? The truth is, there is no right, definitive age to start. The timing is unique to each child; […]

Read Full Story

So your child wets the bed: Should you be concerned?

Bed-wetting can be frustrating and uncomfortable for you and your child. But for most families, it’s a common part of childhood. Do you know when bed-wetting becomes an issue that needs treatment from a pediatric […]

Read Full Story

Answers to 5 common potty training questions

Is your 4-year-old not yet potty trained? Does your toddler get upset when she has an accident? Potty training can be time-consuming, confusing and stressful, but you can ease your concerns by knowing what to […]

Read Full Story

What is biofeedback training for incontinence in kids?

Enuresis refers to urine leaking in kids old enough to have developed bladder control. Enuresis can happen during the day (daytime wetting) or at night (nighttime wetting). Biofeedback training uses video games to help teach […]

Read Full Story
Related Stories

What is vesicoureteral reflux (VUR)?

Under normal circumstances, urine flows from the kidneys to the bladder through tubes called ureters. Vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) is a condition that causes this flow to be reversed. VUR is most commonly diagnosed in infants and […]

Read Full Story

When to start toilet training

Toilet training is a difficult transition for both children and parents. When should parents start toilet training? The truth is, there is no right, definitive age to start. The timing is unique to each child; […]

Read Full Story

So your child wets the bed: Should you be concerned?

Bed-wetting can be frustrating and uncomfortable for you and your child. But for most families, it’s a common part of childhood. Do you know when bed-wetting becomes an issue that needs treatment from a pediatric […]

Read Full Story

Answers to 5 common potty training questions

Is your 4-year-old not yet potty trained? Does your toddler get upset when she has an accident? Potty training can be time-consuming, confusing and stressful, but you can ease your concerns by knowing what to […]

Read Full Story

What is biofeedback training for incontinence in kids?

Enuresis refers to urine leaking in kids old enough to have developed bladder control. Enuresis can happen during the day (daytime wetting) or at night (nighttime wetting). Biofeedback training uses video games to help teach […]

Read Full Story

Search our entire site.