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Health Tip: Urinary Tract Infections Are Common in Children

Posted Dec 17 2010 12:00pm

Here are typical risk factors

(HealthDay News) -- By the time they're 5, about 8 percent of girls and up to 2 percent of boys will have had a urinary tract infection (UTI), the Nemours Foundation says.

The foundation says these factors can increase a youngster's risk of developing a UTI:

  • Being female, especially a young girl who is toilet training.
  • Being an uncircumcised boy, younger than age 1.
  • Having a urinary tract abnormality.
  • Having an abnormal backward flow of urine from the bladder.
  • Having poor toilet or hygiene habits.
  • Using soaps or bubble baths that irritate the urethra.
  • Having a family history of UTI.

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