Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Unsure Dad | 2007/02/23

Q.

Bladder infection in 3-month old boy

Hi. Our son was diagnosed with a bladder infection last night after having fevers off-and-on for the past 2 days. The doctor said it's not very common for baby boys to get bladder infections and we're a bit concerned about it.

Can you tell me (1) what causes this in baby boys, (2) what we can do to prevent it from happening and (3) could this indicate any form of kidney or liver damage or is there a possibilty that these organs could get damaged as a result.

The doc has prescribed antibiotics and it pains us to give it to such a young kid but I guess we have no choice.

Thank you kindly for any information / advice.
Regards,
Concerned Dad

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your paediatrician is quite correct, one is always concerned when a male infant develops a urinary tract infection. While this may be due to an infection which started elsewhere in the baby's body, it is absolutely essential for a full investigation of your son's urinary system to be carried out to exclude abnormalities of the kidneys, ureters or the bladder.

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