Risk factors, symptoms of UTI (part 2)

Published : 14 May 2022 07:12 PM

Some people are at higher risk of getting a UTI. UTIs are more common in females because their urethras are shorter and closer to the rectum. This makes it easier for bacteria to enter the urinary tract.

•    A previous UTI

•    Sexual activity

•    Changes in the bacteria that live inside the vagina, or vaginal flora. For example, menopause or the use of spermicides can cause these bacterial changes.

•    Pregnancy

•    Age (older adults and young children are more likely to get UTIs)

•    Structural problems in the urinary tract, such as enlarged prostate

•    Poor hygiene, for example, in children who are potty-training


Symptoms of a bladder infection:

•    Pain or burning while urinating

•    Frequent urination

•    Feeling the need to urinate despite having an empty bladder

•    Bloody urine

•    Pressure or cramping in the groin or lower abdomen

Symptoms of a kidney infection:

•    Fever

•    Chills

•    Lower back pain or pain in the side of your back

•    Nausea or vomiting

Younger children may not be able to tell you about UTI symptoms they are having. While fever is the most common sign of UTI in infants and toddlers, most children with fever do not have a UTI. If you have concerns that your child may have a UTI, talk to a healthcare professional.

Courtesy: Web MD