UTI in Children: A Whiff of Suspicion

If you suspect your child may have a urinary tract infection because their urine smells funny, you may be right. Although previous studies have shown that this doesn’t always mean a child has a UTI, researchers conclude that parents are more often right than wrong in their suspicions.

“In a study of 331 children, smelly urine was reported by parents in 57 percent of children with UTI and in 32 percent of children without UTI,” according to a news release from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

“Study authors conclude that parent reports of malodorous urine should make the health care provider more suspicious of this type of infection in a young child with an otherwise-unexplained fever.”

The study was published in the May 2012 edition of Pediatrics.

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