Seek Help Immediately for Your Childâ€™s Urinary Tract Infection
Considering how easy it is for bacteria to creep into open places, especially those that are damp and warm, itâ€™s surprising that urinary tract infections (UTI) arenâ€™t even more common than they are â€” particularly in children.
As it is, a fair percentage of youngsters experience at least oneÂ UTI before the age of 5:Â 8% of girls, and 2% of boys.Â If your child has a UTI, you should know that it wonâ€™t go away on its own, and itâ€™s important to get it treated right away.
Fortunately, you can get help instantly at Chicago Immediate Care. With three convenient locations in Lisle, Lombard, and Lincolnwood, Illinois,Â our first-class medical teams offer quality care on a walk-in basis forÂ urgent health concerns like UTIsÂ in children.
We can do a quick test on aÂ urine sampleÂ and let you know right away if itâ€™s a UTI. If it is, weâ€™ll get your child on the right medication so they (and you) can get back to normal quickly.
What is a urinary tract infection?
Your urinary tract has several parts. It starts at your kidneys, where urine is produced. The ureters are long tubes that lead from your kidneys to your bladder. Your bladder is the place that holds the urine until you release it, and the urethra is the opening where the urine comes out when you pee.
If germs enter any of those areas and hang out for a while, youâ€™ll get an infection. The most common occurrences are in the lower region, including the urethra and the bladder, a condition called cystitis. If the infection reaches higher up into your kidneys, itâ€™s called pyelonephritis, and itâ€™s much more serious.
Spotting the signs of a UTI in your child
Children can get UTIs for several reasons, including a family history of UTIs, wearing dirty diapers too long, and poor toilet hygiene. Girls are especially susceptible to UTIs because they have a short urethra. For this reason, itâ€™s important to teach young girls to wipe from front to back, to avoid contamination from the anal area.
Here a few common signs of a UTI in a child:
– Urgent need to pee
-Â Frequent trips to the bathroom with not much pee
– Burning or pain when peeing
– Pain in the lower belly, side, or back
– Wetting problems even if potty trained
– Blood in the urine, or a cloudy or pink appearance
– Fever, vomiting, and diarrhea
Why itâ€™s important to get immediate medical attention for UTIs
Urinary tract infections donâ€™t generally go away on their own. Left untreated, they can lead to chronic, repeated infectionsÂ or worse. Untreated UTIs can result in kidney infections and potential kidney damage.
Your kidneys perform important functionsÂ in your body. They clean impurities out of your blood, prompt the production of red blood cells, keep a balance between the water and minerals in your blood, help regulate your blood pressure, and generate vitamin D.
If your kidneys become infected, you risk damaging them and compromising or losing their critical role in your overall health. This is why itâ€™s vital for you to seek immediate medical attention if your child has a UTI.
If you suspect your child has a UTI, weâ€™re here at Chicago Immediate Care to treat them on the spot. Weâ€™ll make your child comfortable and get rid of the problem as quickly as possible. Usually, a round of antibioticsÂ takes care of the UTI symptoms within a few days, but make sure to give your child the entire round of medication, even after the symptoms disappear.
Call us today or request an appointment using the online booking tool.Â And, of course, you can also walk-in whenever you or your family needs urgent care. Our professionals at all three Chicago Immediate Care locations are ready when you need them.