Bathroom Talk Can Be a Good Thing
Because their bodies and organs are still growing, small children are at a higher risk than adults for permanent damage from urinary tract infections. Kidney scarring, poor kidney function, high blood pressure, and renal failure–which indicates a kidney transplant or can be fatal–are all lasting effects of untreated UTIs. For this reason Dr. Duel stresses, "Any child with unexplained fever should be screened for UTI. And any UTI should get a radiographic follow-up and the child put on once-a-day antibiotics until they have a bladder screening." Parents should not only talk to their pediatricians if they suspect their child may have a urinary tract infection, they should talk to each other if their child had been treated for a UTI. Every bit of information helps, so spread the word, recognize the signs, and see your doctor if you have any questions.