When my daughter was treated for the stomach flu this past January, one of the items on the hospital staff's checklist was making sure she didn't have a urinary tract infection (UTI). After all, she had a high fever, was lethargic, and had vomited earlier in the morning which pointed at a stomach bug, but those could have also been some of the known signs your toddler has a UTI. Lucky for her, they ruled it the stomach flu before needing to go through the painful process of a catheter to test for a UTI (younger kids typically don't have the ability to properly pee in a cup), but it still left me wondering about the chances of my toddler contracting a UTI.
Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, a pediatrician at Seattle Children’s Hospital, tells Romper in an email interview that UTIs are fairly common in young children. In fact, she notes that 3 percent of girls and 1 percent of boys will have a UTI by 11 years of age. "UTIs may go untreated because the symptoms may not be obvious to the child or to parents," Swanson says.
Even more of a reason to check out this list, right? Scope out your kiddo's symptoms and stop a UTI in its tracks by getting them the treatment they need.