UTI Symptoms in Boys

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It can sometimes be hard to determine when a young boy has a urinary tract infection (UTI) because they may have few symptoms, especially during infancy. It has been estimated that 2 percent of boys will contract a UTI by the time they reach age 5. Although boys are less likely than girls to contract one, it is important to be able to identify the symptoms.

UTI Symptoms in Boys
UTI Symptoms in Boys (Image: Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Infants & Newborns

Infants and newborns with a UTI may only show a fever, usually 101 degrees or above, without any proper explanation. They may vomit, have little interest in food, and/or diarrhea as well.

Infants and newborns
Infants and newborns (Image: Visage/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Children & Toddlers

Small child may experience a poor appetite, irritability, loose bowels, unexplained fever that does not subside, and changes in urinary patterns.

Children and Toddlers
Children and Toddlers (Image: Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

Pain

The most common symptom of a UTI is pain during urination. The pain is often sharp and stabbing and usually disallows the patient to fully empty their bladder.

The most common symptom of a UTI is pain during urination.
The most common symptom of a UTI is pain during urination. (Image: Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Flank Pain

Pain on one side of the back or side around waist level, called flank pain, is also a symptom of a UTI. This type of pain may indicate the UTI is in the kidneys.

Urination Changes

Urination changes may occur including the feeling of urgency (inability to hold urine), hesitancy (not being able to urinate easily or feeling as if you have to urinate but only a few drops are passed), and urine may appear cloudy, bloody, or have a foul odor.

Other Symptoms

Other signs and symptoms of a UTI may include shaking chills, hypothermia, changes in mental status, lethargy, nausea, refusal to eat, and fussiness.

Other signs and symptoms of a UTI may include refusal to eat
Other signs and symptoms of a UTI may include refusal to eat (Image: Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

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