How To Prevent & Manage UTI In Kids

By Samridhi|3 - 4 mins read| July 10, 2024

Medically reviewed by: Dr. Anukriti Singh

Urinary tract infections, or UTIs, are one of the most common concerns in kids and adults alike. 

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, almost 8 percent of girls and 2 percent of boys are likely to have undergone UTI at least once within five years of age. 

If left untreated, these infections usually cause extreme discomfort or more severe health complications. Therefore, it becomes important to understand the symptoms and practice some preventive measures to manage UTI in kids.

Read below this article to learn about urinary tract infections, their symptoms, preventive measures, and management tips.

Symptoms of UTI in Kids

UTIs occur due to bacteria that enter the urinary tract and cause an infection in the bladder, kidneys, or urethra. While the symptoms may vary in kids, some of the most common indications include:

  • Pain or burning sensation, especially during urination
  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Abdominal pain
  • Foul odor from urine
  • Fever
  • Bedwetting

Preventive Measures Against UTI in Kids 

Proper hygiene practices and a proper diet are important aspects when it comes to managing the risk factors for UTI in kids. Some of the most helpful preventive measures have been listed below.

Regular Bathroom Breaks
Holding on urination for a long period of time may result in bacteria multiplying in the bladder, which may lead to a UTI. Therefore, ensure your kid uses the bathroom every 3–4 hours.

Ensure Proper Wiping
The correct wiping techniques are also needed. Teach girls about wiping from front to back, and for boys, cleaning the foreskin is essential.

Enough Hydration
Encourage your child to drink plenty of water throughout the day, as it helps flush out harmful bacteria from the urinary tract. Also make sure to avoid heavy and spicy foods that may lead to constipation.

Wear Loose Clothing
It is important to consider wearing loose, cotton clothing to keep the area dry and ventilated. Wearing tight clothing may lead to moistness, which can turn into a breeding ground for bacteria.

Avoid Harsh Soaps Down There
Harsh soaps may irritate the genitals, which makes it easier for harmful bacteria to enter the urinary tract, resulting in an UTI. Therefore, always use just water or very gentle soap to clean the area.

How to Manage UTI in Kids?

If your kid has developed a UTI, it is important to manage it with some effective tips. Here’s what you can do:

Immediate Medical Care

If you notice any symptom of UTI in your child, contact your healthcare provider immediately. They will recommend antibiotics after a proper diagnosis of the condition.

More Fluid Intake

In cases of UTI, drinking fluids is essential as they help flush out harmful bacteria from the urinary tract. Cranberry juice is also highly effective in preventing bacteria from staining the urinary tract.

Ensure Complete Antibiotic Dosage

Another important consideration is to complete the full course of antibiotics prescribed by your kid’s doctor even if he starts feeling better. This will avoid any risks of future infection.

Keep A Check For Symptoms

If your child has developed a UTI previously, it is important to regularly check for any symptoms of a recurrence of infections. 


UTIs are a common concern for kids. With proper prevention, it is easy to manage UTIs to avoid further health complications. If you notice any symptoms of UTI in your child, visit your healthcare provider immediately.

You can also learn about how to manage UTI during pregnancy here.

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Last Updated: Wed Jul 10 2024

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