Spotlight on UTIs in Children
If it turns out that a child has a urinary tract infection, antibiotics is the usual treatment. Dosage and duration depends on the severity of the infection. While most infections are cleared up with a week or so of the child beginning the medicine, some children with repeated UTIs remain on low-dose antibiotics for up to a year at a time as a preventative measure. Infections of the kidney can cause permanent internal scarring and threaten the life of a child, so doctors want to make absolutely sure that they keep recurring infections from taking hold.
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