When children are 5, about 8 percent of girls and up to 2 percent of boys will have had a urinary tract infection (UTI), the Nemours Foundation says.
The foundation says these factors can increase a youngster’s risk of developing a UTI:
- Being female, especially a young girl who is toilet training.
- Being an uncircumcised boy, younger than age 1.
- Having a urinary tract abnormality.
- Having an abnormal backward flow of urine from the bladder.
- Having poor toilet or hygiene habits.
- Using soaps or bubble baths that irritate the urethra.
- Having a family history of UTI.
Source: Health Tip