Symptoms of urinary tract infection should begin to improve within 1 to 2 days.
If diagnosed with a urinary tract infection (UTI), your child will take antibiotic medicines by mouth at home. These may come as pills, capsules, or a liquid.
Other treatments include:
To avoid constipation, your child should eat foods that are high in fiber, such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
Call your child's doctor after the child finishes taking the antibiotics. Your child may be checked to make sure the infection is gone.
Call your child's doctor right away if he or she develops:
These may be signs of a possible kidney infection.
Also, call if your child has already been diagnosed with a UTI and symptoms of a bladder infection come back shortly after finishing the antibiotics. Symptoms of bladder infection include:
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Updated by: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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