It can be very scary if one's baby comes down with a urinary tract infection. A urinary tract infection, or UTI, occurs when bacteria gets into the urinary tract and causes an infection. The urinary tract makes urine and carries it out of the body. Therefore, a UTI can be quite painful, but it is also treatable.
It is important to be aware of the signs of a UTI in a baby, as our little ones cannot always tell us what is wrong. UTIs do happen to babies, and for various reasons. They often go away, but can sometimes signal a more serious condition. When your baby has a urinary tract infection, you want it treated right away, so knowing the signs is vital to your baby's well being.
Deciphering what is wrong with baby is not always easy. However, there are particular signs that indicate a urinary tract infection. The signs can be there, but not always obvious. Knowing your baby well and paying attention to the signs that they exhibit can ensure your baby gets the help she needs and can recover if indeed a UTI is present in your new little bundle of a baby.
12 Baby Has A Fever That Won't Go Away
When little ones get a fever, it can sure be frightening. Fevers are often associated with an illness or the flu in small children. But sometimes a fever can indicate something more than just a simple illness that may go away on its own. Sometimes a fever can mean your baby has a urinary tract infection, which would require treatment in most cases.
When a fever does not go away in a baby, you may get worried. Fevers often mean your baby is fighting some sort of illness or infection. When the fever just does not go away or go down after a few days, it is possible your baby has a UTI. Always contact your child's pediatrician when a fever does not go away after 4-5 days. In fact, a fever is often the ONLY symptom a baby may have if they are suffering from a UTI.
11 Baby Has Foul Smelling Urine
When you have a baby, you will be changing the diaper often. When you change the diaper, pay close attention for any changes in your baby's bodily functions. If any changes are present that seem to concern you, get it checked out, as it could indicate that your baby has a urinary tract infection.
One thing that many parents notice in their babies who have a UTI is that baby's urinary has a very foul smell to it. This is something that you will absolutely notice when you are changing your baby's diaper. Babies, especially newborns, do not have urine that should smell, and it certainly should not smell bad. Foul smelling urine is a sign of a urinary tract infection and should definitely be checked out by a doctor so treatment can begin.
10 Things Don't Stay Down
Seeing a sick and vomiting baby can tear at the heart strings of any parent. No mom or dad of a tiny baby wants to see their little one so sick that they are throwing up. Vomiting can occur due to various reasons, a stomach bug, infection, food poisoning, milk allergy, and more, but also, it could be a sign of a urinary tract infection.
Many people would never associate the act of vomiting with a urinary tract infection. This is why it is vital to be open about any issue when your baby is sick. If your baby is vomiting, they may or may not exhibit other symptoms of a UTI. Always have your baby seen by a physician if they are sick and throwing up, as it could be a UTI.
9 Baby Is Not Eating
Babies eat every few hours. It's what babies do - they eat, sleep, pee, and poop! If your baby is refusing to eat or rejecting food, something may be wrong. Sometimes when babies do not want to eat it is because they have a urinary tract infection.
When baby does not eat, baby does not gain weight (and may even lose weight). Baby also will not have energy when he does not eat. It is certainly not normal for a baby to reject feeding when they are so young. It can mean sometime more serious is occurring in their body, quite possibly, a UTI. A sign of a urinary tract infection in a baby is often when baby is not acting like their normal, regular selves, which includes not eating.
8 Baby Is Extra Fussy
There is no question about it, babies can get fussy, for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes babies are fussy because they are uncomfortable, need a diaper change, or are simply just tired or hungry. Other times a baby is fussy because he is not feeling well, or perhaps has a more serious condition, such as a UTI. Urinary tract infections can have mild symptoms in babies.
When your baby is fussy but cannot seem to calm down, get her checked out by a doctor. A urinary tract infection is easily treated. At times, the signs of a UTI in a baby are few and far between, so a fussy baby often means sometime more is going on with their body if nothing else, like eating, seems to calm them down.
7 Baby's Urine Is Cloudy Or Bloody
If you see blood in your child's urine, or if their urine just is not normal, as a parent, you know something is not right - even possibly very wrong. Another sign of a urinary tract infection in babies is cloudy or bloody urine. You will be changing your baby often, so you will know what is normal and what is not, and when you should contact the doctor.
Urinary tract infections can effect the kidneys, so bloody urine, or any urine that is out of the ordinary needs to be checked out pronto. UTIs are treatable, quite easily too, and they will go away. But failure to treat a urinary tract infection by not recognizing the signs can lead the way to larger issues, which none of us want for our little ones.
6 Baby Is Going Too Often
Seeing a baby suffering from diarrhea can make any of us upset. But diarrhea could be a sign of a urinary infection, which many parents would never suspect. Diarrhea can occur in babies due to many different issues, from the flu to a stomach bug, and more, but it is also a main symptom of a UTI.
When a baby has diarrhea, they are at risk of becoming dehydrated. If your baby is having diarrhea, they should also be taking in extra fluids. If they are not, or refusing to drink or eat anything, you need to be careful. Dehydration is dangerous in little ones. Since it is a sign of a UTI, if your baby has diarrhea, bring him in to the physician to get checked out and treated.
5 Baby Is In Pain When Peeing
When it comes to a urinary tract infection, most of us assume the very first symptom would be pain while urinating. While that is true for adults, for babies, it is rare for them to experience pain when peeing if they have a UTI. However, even though it is rare, it can happen. And babies cannot tell us that it hurts when they pee, so we must rely on other signs that they are in pain.
If a baby is experiencing painful urination, they may cry right before you notice they have a wet diaper or their facial expression may seem painful when they are urinating. It can be hard to pinpoint exactly when your baby is peeing, but if you pay attention, you may pick up on some of these signs. It is awful to think your baby cannot urinate without it hurting, so get them the help they need as soon as possible.
4 Baby Is Being Lethargic
Aside from sleeping, babies should always be full of life. They should be looking around, making babbling noises, taking in their surroundings, smiling, laughing, etc. We all know how a typical baby behaves when they are not crying because they are hungry or tired or need a diaper change.
If your baby gets sick, he may act differently. If baby becomes sick with a UTI, he could become very lethargic. Your baby should never be inactive or sluggish. A baby should have endless energy, no matter how young. If you suspect your little one has a urinary tract infection, and is very lethargic and not acting like himself, get him to a physician quickly. Treatment should be administered as soon as possible so baby can be back to his normal self in no time.
3 Baby Stops Gaining Weight
All babies should consistently gain weight. When a baby does not gain weight, or even worse, is losing weight, that is a big cause for concern. There is likely some other issue that is causing the weight loss or failure to gain weight in a baby. One of those issues could possibly be a urinary tract infection.
One sign of a UTI in a baby is that your baby is no longer gaining weight. If a baby has a UTI, she may be very sleepy, fussy, not want to eat, and/or vomiting. By not eating and also throwing up, your baby is not getting the nutrients she needs, and has no way to gain weight without any food source. It is vital that baby gets treatment for a UTI if they are not gaining weight or losing weight, as that can be dangerous.
2 Newborns Can Become Jaundice
Jaundice is when your baby's skin and whites of the eye have a yellowish tint. It is due to too much bilirubin in the baby's blood. Jaundice is treatable. Jaundice is also correlated with urinary tract infections in newborns, especially when the cause of the jaundice is unknown. It appears that infections, and in particular a UTI may be present in babies in these cases.
Many newborn babies experience mild cases of jaundice. Some go away on their own, some need medical intervention. It is important to determine if your newborn baby has jaundice due to a urinary tract infection. Both can be treated, and your newborn baby can go home happy and free from a UTI and jaundice in no time. After having a baby, keep in mind that jaundice and UTIs can be related.
1 Baby Starts Shivering
Does your baby shiver for no reason whatsoever? No baby should have the chills or be shivering or shaking in a manner that is frightening. Shivering is a sign of a urinary tract infection in babies. It is not normal for babies to shiver.
Sometimes, in cases where babies with UTIs have a fever, they may also exhibit uncontrollable shaking or shivering. It could be extreme or mild. If your little one shows signs of being sick, but it cannot be pinpointed exactly what is wrong, it could very well be a UTI. Never take shivering lightly in your baby, especially if they are exhibiting other symptoms as well, such as a fever or vomiting. It is important to seek medical care for your baby if they show signs of a UTI.
Sources: WebMD, Parents.com, Science Direct