When is hospitalization indicated in pediatric urinary tract infection (UTI)?

Updated: Mar 19, 2019
  • Author: Donna J Fisher, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Hospitalization is necessary for the following patients with UTI:

  • Patients who are toxemic or septic

  • Patients with signs of urinary obstruction or significant underlying disease

  • Patients unable to tolerate adequate oral fluids or medications

  • Infants younger than 2 months with febrile UTI (presumed pyelonephritis)

  • All infants younger than 1 month with suspected UTI, even if not febrile

Treat febrile UTI as pyelonephritis, and consider parenteral antibiotics and hospital admission for these patients.

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