What are risk factors for urinary tract infection (UTI) in pediatric patients?

Updated: Jul 23, 2019
  • Author: Hina Z Ghory, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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UTI is a common cause of SBI in infants and young children. [90, 48, 49, 50] Clinicians should have a lower threshold for ordering UA and urine cultures than for screening for bacteremia, especially for those with risk factors.

For boys, risk factors for UTI include age younger than 6 months and being uncircumcised. [91] For girls, risk factors for UTI include the following:

  • Age younger than 12 months

  • White race

  • Temperature above 39°C

  • Illness for 2 days or more

  • Absence of any other source for fever


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