Urinary Tract Infections in Children - Cause
urinary tract infections (UTIs) in children are caused
by bacteria that enter the
urethra and travel up the
urinary tract . Bacteria that normally live in the
large intestine and are present in stool (feces) are
the most common cause of infection. Sometimes bacteria traveling through the
lymphatic system to the
urinary tract are the cause of kidney or bladder
The ways that bacteria buildup can occur
- Some children may not properly wipe their
bottoms after a bowel movement. And bacteria may get into the urethra and cause
- Not completely emptying the
bladder. This can cause bacteria to build up in urine.
Problems with the structure or function of the urinary
tract commonly contribute to UTIs in infants and young children. Problems that
limit the body's ability to eliminate urine completely include:
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 31, 2009
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