The pediatric urologic specialists at NewYork-Presbyterian are experts in the evaluation of urinary tract infections (UTIs) in children as well as the treatment of disorders that increase the risk of these infections. If your child has a UTI and a fever, you should take him or her to a doctor to see if there is an anatomical abnormality that may be predisposing your child to these infections. In children, particularly those under age six, UTIs can cause kidney damage. Left untreated, and in the most severe cases, they can cause kidney failure that requires your child to receive dialysis or have a kidney transplant. We'll provide all the care needed to diagnose the infection, treat it, and try to prevent it from happening again.
When we treat UTIs in children, we routinely look for vesicoureteral reflux (VUR): a condition where the urine backs up into the ureters and possibly up to the kidneys. This exposes the kidneys to infection, causing hydronephrosis (a swelling of the kidneys). We may need to do surgery to correct the anatomical problem causing the disorder. Our surgeons use minimally invasive surgical approaches, including robotic surgery, to treat VUR.
If your child gets UTIs without a fever, he or she may not be drinking enough water, may be holding in urine, or may be constipated or have other behaviors. We'll work with you to help your child develop good water drinking habits and learn to urinate and empty the bowels more frequently.