Signs A Child Has a UTI

When someone develops a urinary tract infection (UTI), the linings of the bladder, urethra, ureter and kidneys may become red and swollen. While some older children might complain of pain in the low stomach area or back, many also will cry when they urinate, complain that it hurts to urinate or pass only a few drops.

If a child is too young to tell a caregiver how they feel, signs are more vague: high fever, grouchiness or a lack of desire to eat. Sometimes, a young child only will have a low-grade fever, loose stools or the diaper urine might smell “bad.”

Here are some signs of a UTI that may be noticed:
• Pain, burning, or a stinging feeling when urinating
• Urinating often or feeling an urgent need to urinate, even without passing urine
• Foul-smelling urine that may look cloudy or have blood in it
• Fever
• Pain in the low back or around the bladder

If a caregiver thinks a child has a UTI, they should call a health care provider. The only way to diagnose a UTI is with a urine test.

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