VUR symptoms – what to look for
Among children with a first-time febrile UTI, about 40% have VUR.1
What are the symptoms of a UTI?
Signs of UTIs include:
- Foul smelling or cloudy urine
- Burning or pain when urinating
- Frequent and urgent urination
- Side pain
Infants with infection may not show these signs. Instead, they may have diarrhea, poor feeding, fever and increased irritability. If there is any question, call your healthcare provider and have your child’s urine checked. Children can quickly become very sick.
What should I look for?
A UTI can be in either the bladder or the kidney. A UTI in the bladder is called “cystitis.” Children who have VUR often have kidney infections because VUR allows bacteria that may be in the bladder to travel up to the kidney.
What are symptoms of a kidney infection?
Most likely your child will
- Be irritable
- Have a high fever
- Not want to eat
- Experience back pain
If your child has any of these symptoms, you should see your doctor right away. Once a urine test has confirmed the UTI, you may want to ask your doctor if your child could have vesicoureteral reflux and seek out a pediatric urologist for help.