UTI

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Night Watch Pediatric Urgent Care

Pediatric Urgent Care located in Manassas, VA

Children, particularly girls, often develop UTIs (urinary tract infections), which are easily treated using antibiotics. Night Watch Pediatric Urgent Care in Manassas, Virginia, is a specialty service that has expert pediatricians available day and night to help your child when they’re sick. If you’re concerned about your child’s health and suspect they might have a UTI, visit Night Watch Pediatric Urgent Care today, give the clinic a call, or book an appointment online.

UTI Q & A

What is a UTI?

UTI is short for urinary tract infection, which means that harmful bacteria are present in one or more parts of your child’s urinary system. Urine doesn’t normally have any bacteria in it, but germs can transfer to the urinary tract from your child’s skin around their anus and genitals. Those germs can also travel in the bloodstream from a different part of your child’s body.

The three types of UTIs are:

  • Urethritis, affecting the urethra
  • Cystitis, affecting the bladder
  • Pyelonephritis, affecting the kidneys

UTIs are a common infection and in young children, they sometimes go unnoticed due to a lack of symptoms. UTIs are more common in girls than in boys.

What are the symptoms of a UTI?

UTIs can cause symptoms like:

  • Fever
  • Pain when urinating
  • Frequent urination
  • Difficulty passing urine
  • Urgent need to urinate
  • Foul-smelling urine
  • Cloudy urine
  • Bloody urine
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Stomach pain
  • Back pain
  • Flank pain

Your child could have some or most of these symptoms, depending on which part of their urinary tract is infected.

How are UTIs treated?

Because UTIs are bacterial infections, antibiotics are the most effective treatment. Your pediatrician at Night Watch Pediatric Urgent Care prescribes either liquid or pills for your child to take that contain the appropriate antibiotic.

If a UTI is causing your child to vomit, they might need an antibiotic injection or intravenous antibiotics. A course of antibiotics could last 7-14 days, possibly longer. It’s essential to take all the medication the doctor has prescribed, even if your child feels better, or the infection might return.

It’s important to seek treatment for your child if they have a UTI, to cure the infection and help prevent it from spreading. UTIs can be painful and distressing. If left untreated, there’s a risk of serious illness and organ damage if the infection reaches their kidneys.

If you suspect your child has a UTI, make an appointment at Night Watch Pediatric Urgent Care by calling the clinic, using the online tool, or visiting the walk-in clinic.