Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Symptoms Of UTI

These are the common symptoms of urinary tract infection :

# Frequent urge to urinate
# Incontinence
# Painful, burning feeling in the area of the bladder or urethra during urination
# Fatigue, lethargy
# Women feel an uncomfortable pressure above the pubic bone.
# Some men experience a fullness in the rectum.
# Despite the urge to urinate, only a small amount of urine is passed
# Milky, cloudy or reddish urine
# Foul-smelling urine
# A fever, which may mean that the infection has reached the kidneys
# Pain in the back or side below the ribs
# Nausea and/or vomiting

For my baby, each time there is a large amount of bacteria in her urinary tract, these symptoms would appear:

# Foul smelling urine.

# Cloudy urine .

# 'Dirty' urine - many particles floating in the urine. To check clarity of the urine, get your child to pee into a transparent bottle. Hold the bottle against sunlight or under the ceiling light and look at the urine. If the urine is cloudy, not crystal clear and has many particles floating inside, bacteria is most likely present.

# Sore labia.

# Diarrhea and very loose stools.

When these classic symptoms appear, I wouldn't wait until she gets a fever with vomiting. I would bring her straight to our pediatric nephrologist's office to get treatment by way of antibiotics administered through jabs or through IV.

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