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5 Kidney Infection Symptoms in Children

5 Kidney Infection Symptoms in Children

You Should Pay Close Attention To These 5 Kidney Infection Symptoms In Children


KIDNEY INFECTION IN CHILDRENKidney infection can be a traitor. Most of the time, you won’t be able to tell that it’s there until signs and symptoms become too obvious to ignore. The same idea applies to children. However, unlike adults, children aren’t often aware that there’s something wrong with their health. For small children who haven’t started talking yet, paying close attention is very critical.

If you see any of the following signs, make sure to take your kid to his doctor right away.

Crying when urinating

Kidney infection can cause a burning and painful sensation when urinating. Children may often cry because of this or they may simply refuse to go to the bathroom for fear of the pain. If you see no apparent reason why your child is crying or extremely irritable, you can simply ask him where it hurts.

Aside from this, children with renal infection also frequently wet themselves even if they were previously potty trained.

Flank pain

Flank pain is another common sign of kidney infection. It’s frequently localized on your child’s lower back and can extend up to his stomach. One good sign that will tell you if there’s flank pain is if your child exhibits a guarding behavior. It’s an involuntary reaction to protect a painful area. It can be as simple as muscle contraction or placing both hands to guard the area.


Fever is one of the cardinal signs of infection. If a fever lasts for more than 2 days and goes beyond 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s best if you can bring your kid for a short visit to his doctor.

Poor appetite

Sick children don’t usually eat a lot, particularly if he is in pain. You should, however, be careful in misinterpreting picky eating from poor appetite. If your kid refuses to eat his favorite foods them it can signal that something is wrong.

Aside from poor feeding, children with renal infection are also likely to throw up or have episodes of loose bowel movement. This commonly happens to children who are less than 2 years of age.

Blood-tinged urine

This is easier to notice among small children who still wear diapers. For older children, you can check their potty chairs or come with them when they go pee. Aside from pinkish color, you should also look out for cloudiness as it can signal the presence of bacteria. Scent, particularly if it’s ammonia-like, can also tell if your kid has an infection.


Children who are sick are less active than their playmates. You’ll often find them asleep more. They are also less likely to socialize and would rather lie down than spend playtime outside. Kids with kidney infection don’t typically show high energy levels.

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5 Kidney Infection Symptoms in Children

You Should Pay Close Attention To These 5 Kidney Infection Symptoms In Children

Kidney Infection


Signs of Kidney



signs of_kidney infectionDo you have signs of  kidney infection? The kidney has always been a great mystery for those medically uninfluenced. From what is being taught in primary school, the kidney is the organ that help the body flush out toxins through urine. The kidney always comes in a pair inside the human anatomy located just slightly above the abdomen. It is also the organ that segregates the proper nutrients the body needs to stay and the wastes that it needs to wash out.

A kidney infection is medically described as a urinary tract infection that develops initially in the lower part of the renal system particularly in either the bladder or urethra that slowly affects the kidney. This infection will need immediate medical attention before it affects the entire body. The worst possible complication caused by kidney infection is cardiac arrest or stroke.

Here are some signs of kidney infection. Some of these indicators may be mild and may need further medical tests and examinations to validate if actual cause is related to a renal  disorder. Having one or two of these will also not automatically mean there is an infection. Hints would include high fever, countless urination, pain during urination, frothy looking and weird smelling urine, blood in urine, and pain in the abdomen area.

The above-mentioned signs of an infection do not automatically verify of such but might be an indication. Instances when regular body cycles such as abdominal cramps might be misinterpreted for monthly pelvic cramps especially with women on their period. Women, in particular, are more prone to s. A weak immune system can also be a cause of kidney infection so it is best to stay on a healthy diet especially when ill.

The basic information have been laid out in the first forming years of education but what needs urgent exposure is how the masses should look out for signs of kidney infection to stay healthy and away from life-threatening diseases. Be reminded that the kidney is the prime filtration system of the body, it is to keep it strong and functional at all times.

It is always safe and best to regularly visit a physician to keep track of health concerns and to frequently check signs of possible organ complications.   A necessary preparation in going through regular check-ups is to cleanse the bloodstream with water, fruits and vegetables. Also, when constantly experiencing multiple signs of kidney infection be guided to use the local hospital directory and consult with a specialist.

Do you have symptoms of kidney infection

Symptoms of Kidney Infection

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Dr Cocja

Symptoms of Kidney Infection

Do you have symptoms of kidney infectionThe Symptoms of Kidney Infection are subtle because the primary function of the kidneys is to remove waste matter and toxins from the body. The blood circulates through the kidney and it is through the filtering action of the kidneys that the blood is cleansed of waste products and toxins. The kidneys can, however, become infected and this can compromise kidney function.
We are all at risk of developing a kidney infection from time to time. There are however some groups of persons who are at higher risk including children, persons who have to use indwelling catheters and pregnant women.

Symptoms of kidney infection?
•    Poor hygiene
•    Sexual intercourse
•    Pregnancy
•    Catheters
•    Kidney stones
A kidney infection generally starts at the opening to the bladder called the urethra. The bacteria then travels up into the bladder and then into one or both kidneys. It can take only a few hours or days for a kidney infection to develop.
Symptoms of a kidney infection include:
o    High Fever
o    Chills
o    Lower back pain
o    Loss of appetite
o    Malaise
If there is infection of the lower urinary tract (urethra and/or bladder) other symptoms that can present are:
o    Burning or pain on passing the urine
o    Passing urine frequently, urgency to urinate
o    Difficulty passing the urine
o    Foul smelling urine which may be cloudy in appearance
o    Blood in the urine
Note that kids tend to exhibit symptoms of bedwetting and failure to grow at a normal rate.

Seek medical advice without delay
A kidney infection that is not treated appropriately can lead to complications including kidney failure. The doctor will take a history about the symptoms and do a physical examination. Diagnostic tests: blood, urine analysis, urine culture and sonogram are done to confirm the diagnosis as well as to detect whether there are causes or complications.
The common bacteria which cause urinary tract infections are E. coli and Klebsiella.  E. coli is normally found in the stool as it lives in our gut. For this reason it is important to practice good personal hygiene to avoid the accidental introduction of the bacteria in the urinary tract.
Treatment invariably involves a course of antibiotics and medication for relief or pain and fever. It is important for the doctor to prescribe the appropriate antibiotic that will completely resolve the infection.

Tips to prevent Urinary Tract Infection
o    Drink adequate amounts of water daily to flush the kidneys. Limit the consumption of sugary drink.
o    Pay attention to personal hygiene especially of the genital area and anus.
o    Unwashed  or inadequately washed genitals can introduce germs in the urethra during sexual intercourse.
o    Teach children to wipe away from the front to the back after a bowel action.
o    Avoid long delays when there is the urge to urinate.

It is important to recognize the early symptoms of a urinary tract infection and have it appropriately treated before it spreads to the kidneys.  A chronic kidney infection can lead to serious complications and so protect your kidneys from irreparable damage.