How do I know if I have an infection (UTI)?

There are 2 types of urinary tract infections, lower tract, infections of the bladder, and upper tract, infections of the kidney. With bladder infections, the symptoms are often less significant than a kidney infection. With both types of urinary tract infections the urine can have a strong odor, look cloudy, and may contain blood or have a dark color.

There may be a fever with a simple bladder infection. However a high fever, lethargy, nausea, vomiting, and back pain may indicate a kidney infection.

Children with full urethral sensation may complain of discomfort when self-catheterizing, or “cathing” from the irritation and inflammation caused by the infection.

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