A urinary tract infection affects the kidneys

Urinary tract infections can attack kidneys

30.08.2006

Urinary tract infections are one of the most common bacterial infections in childhood. Rising germs of a urinary tract infection can lead to inflammation of the renal pelvis, especially in infants and small children due to the immaturity of the child's kidney. Bladder infections should therefore be treated at an early stage by the pediatrician ...

Urinary tract infections are one of the most common bacterial infections in childhood. "Rising germs of a urinary tract infection can lead to inflammation of the kidney pelvis, damage kidney tissue and long-term impairment of kidney function, especially in infants and toddlers due to the immaturity of the child's kidney. Bladder infections should therefore be treated by the pediatrician as early as possible. In order to prevent the further spread of bacteria, the child usually needs to take antibiotics. If a congenital malformation of the urinary tract is the cause (e.g. because the urine backs up or flows back), a surgical procedure can possibly prevent recurring infections, ”explains Dr. Thomas Fendel, pediatrician in Munich. Parents should offer their child plenty of fluids so that the urinary tract can be 'flushed out' (e.g. still mineral water). Breast milk is sufficient for the breastfed infant. Diuretic teas are only suitable for children from school age, as they can be very irritating to the bladder. Warm baths relieve pain, have a relaxing effect and make urination easier.

Children who have a cystitis have a strong urge to urinate, have to urinate more frequently and can inadvertently wet themselves, especially at night. It usually burns when they urinate. "In babies, sensitivity to touch, a 'gray skin color' and unclear fever can be indications of a urinary tract infection. If the child has a fever, screams and does not want to drink any more, or if they no longer pass urine, parents should call the emergency doctor immediately, ”warns Dr. Fendel.

Urinary tract infections can be prevented by drinking enough and warmth (especially feet and lower abdomen). Children should not sit on a damp or cold surface. Girls in particular are at risk due to the shorter urinary tract. After using the toilet, you should clean yourself from the front (urethra) to the back (anus), as the intestine is a reservoir for germs. For boys, cleaning the penis with clear water is sufficient.