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Pediatric Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Key Points About a UTI in Children

  • A urinary tract infection (UTI) is inflammation of part of the system that takes urine out of the body.
  • Most infections are caused by bacteria from the digestive tract. The most common is E. coli bacteria. These normally live in the colon.
  • Symptoms vary by age. They can include fever, need to urinate often, pain and crying.


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Urology Treatment at Children's National Hospital

The Division of Urology at Children's National Hospital offers expert care and advanced diagnostic testing in a family-centered environment. Discover more about the treatment we offer.

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Meet the Providers Who Treat Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Departments that Treat Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

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At Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C., our pediatric urologists provide comprehensive care for disorders affecting reproductive and urinary organs.

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Healthy Urinary Guidance & Support Clinic

We are dedicated to helping children overcome challenges with wetting problems and urinary tract infections in our Healthy Urinary Guidance & Support Clinic. Learn about how we support our patients.