What is Urinary Tract Infection?

A urinary tract infection (UTI) or bladder infection affects more than 3 million people in the United States. It is a common cause of secondary bedwetting. The organs that are affected by the UTIs are kidneys, urethra, and bladder.

Urinary tract infections are more common in females because women have a shorter urethra. UTI’s can cause bedwetting because it irritates the bladder, therefore, if your child or an adult family member shows symptoms of a UTI, consult your doctor to help prevent or treat secondary bedwetting.

A infection typically occurs when bacteria gets into the urine and begins to grow and moves upward into the urinary tract. If the bacterium remains in the system, bacteria can reach the kidney and cause a kidney infection. People who are most often susceptible to bacterial infections in the kidneys are people with kidney stones, weak, weaken immune systems, and health-related causes.

Some common symptoms of urinary tract infection in the lower urinary tract are:

  • Bladder irritation
  • Pain during urination
  • Frequency in urination
  • Cloudy and bloody urine
  • Abdominal pain

Some common symptoms of urinary tract infection in the upper urinary tract are:

  • Pain in the upper back
  • Chills/fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Preventing UTI’s can help improve your hygiene. By simply changing habits such as wiping from front to back, drinking 6 to 8 glasses or water, or not holding urine for long periods of times, will help reduce a bacterial infection and reduce the chances of secondary bedwetting.

If you have a bedwetting adult or a child who is experiencing any of the above symptoms, seek medical advice. Your doctor can perform a urinalysis to check for signs of infection, and order further tests if required.