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Urinary tract infections in children: A guide for primary care nurses

Margaret Perry explains what nurses need to know when children present with this common condition

Urinary tract infections can potentially affect all ages, from the very young through to old age, however in babies and children they are a distressing occurrence for parents and a cause of concern for clinicians. Although they are usually easily resolved with treatment, in some cases, they can be recurrent and associated with complications. This article hopes to give nurses and non-medical prescribers some guidance on recognition, treatment and possible complications with the aim of giving them more confidence in diagnosis and management if the condition is suspected.


Urinary tract infections in children are reported to be common, and are distressing for parents and close family members, and can be challenging for clinicians. For the majority of children affected, the problem is usually cleared with appropriate treatment, and most will make a full recovery. Early recognition, diagnosis and treatment are essential if complications are to be avoided. This article therefore hopes to give nurses and non-medical prescribers information relating to signs and symptoms, treatment and management, so that they will feel more confident in dealing with this problem should they suspect this condition during patient assessments in their clinics.

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