Urinary tract infections (UTIs) cause painful urination and other uncomfortable symptoms if left untreated. At American Pediatrics, with offices in Corona, Eastvale, and Irvine, California, the highly trained team provides individualized medical care to teenagers with a UTI. Call the nearest office or book an in-person or telehealth appointment online today.
A UTI develops when harmful bacteria like E. coli infects your child’s urethra, ureters, bladder, and kidneys. The bacteria that enters their urinary tract can cause pain, irritation, and inflammation. Girls are more susceptible to getting a UTI than boys because of their unique anatomy.
Seeking treatment for a UTI when your teen first notices symptoms can help them feel better faster. Without proper care, the infection can spread and cause more serious problems.
Your child should have a checkup for a UTI if they experience:
Explain these symptoms in detail during your child’s same-day sick visit or telehealth appointment. In some cases, their pediatrician may require diagnostic testing such as urine tests to rule out other causes or confirm a UTI diagnosis.
A UTI can develop from using some forms of birth control, such as diaphragms, or because your child’s immune system is suppressed. Girls who wipe back to front after urination can cause bacteria to enter their urinary tract.
Being sexually active with several partners and complications with catheters can also cause the development of UTIs.
American Pediatrics provides both in-office treatments and telehealth care to help your child resolve UTI symptoms. They first determine the possible underlying causes and consider its severity.
They may recommend medications like antibiotics, such as ceftriaxone or fosfomycin, to clear the UTI in a few days. The practice writes an e-prescription and sends it to your preferred pharmacy. Your child must take the entire prescription as directed by their pediatrician. It’s important to take the whole course to get rid of the infection fully.
If your child experiences frequent UTIs, the team may recommend taking antibiotics for several months.
To receive expert care for your child’s UTI from providers who are dedicated to improving your child’s quality of life, call American Pediatrics or book an appointment online today.