Urinary Tract Infections in Children - Topic Overview
Your child will take
antibiotics for a urinary tract infection. Give this
medicine to your child as your doctor says. Do not stop it just because your
child feels better. He or she needs to take all the medicine to get better. The
number of days a child will need to take the medicine depends on the illness,
the child's age, and the type of antibiotic.
You can help your
child get better at home. Have your child drink extra fluids to flush out the
germs. Remind your older child to go to the bathroom often and to empty the
bladder each time.
Call the doctor if your child isn't feeling
better within 2 days after starting the medicine. Your doctor may give your
child a different medicine. It is important to treat urinary infections quickly
in children to prevent other serious health problems. Sometimes a baby younger
than 3 months may need to get medicine through a vein (IV) and stay in
the hospital for a while. A child who is too sick to take medicine by mouth or
has trouble fighting infections also may need to stay in the hospital.