Which symptoms are associated with urinary tract infection (UTI) in children aged 2-6 years?

Updated: Mar 19, 2019
  • Author: Donna J Fisher, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Preschoolers with UTI can display the following symptoms:

  • Vomiting

  • Abdominal pain

  • Fever

  • Strong-smelling urine

  • Enuresis

  • Urinary symptoms (dysuria, urgency, frequency)

Children in this age group with febrile UTI (pyelonephritis) usually have systemic symptoms with loss of appetite, irritability, and abdominal, flank, or back pain. Voiding symptoms may be present or absent.

Children with acute cystitis have voiding symptoms with little or no temperature elevation. Voiding dysfunction may include urgency, frequency, hesitancy, dysuria, or urinary incontinence. Suprapubic or abdominal pain may be present, and the urine sometimes has a strong or foul odor.

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