Causes of painful urination in children and when to see a doctor

Pediatrician Tamiko Jordan, MD, explains what the causes may be when a child has painful urination, and explains how to tell if it is bad enough that you should take your child to a doctor
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Causes of painful urination in children and when to see a doctor

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Painful urination is a super common complaint in my clinic and usually parents are worried that their child has Urinary Tract infection. The signs of Urinary Tract Infection are not only burning with urination but urgently, frequently kids are running to the bathroom they feel like they can't quite get all the urine out. They could also be associated with fever of vomiting if it is more serious. Painful urination in boys is very unusual and should always be checked out by a doctor. Painful urination in girls especially school age girls there may be going to the bathroom on their own can be a sign that there could be irritation just on the outside like vaginitis. If you were to see any redness or swelling in that area but your child has none of the other signs of Urinary Tract Infection, you could probably try to manage them at home first with frequent bathing, no soap just water, emollient cream or steroid cream if those things didn't work you should go see your doctor because it could be a sign of another infection like pin worms or bacterial infections.

Pediatrician Tamiko Jordan, MD, explains what the causes may be when a child has painful urination, and explains how to tell if it is bad enough that you should take your child to a doctor

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Tamiko Jordan, MD

General Pediatrician, Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Dr. Jordan was born in Riverside, California and received her medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine.  She completed her pediatric residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and has since worked in many different settings.  Currently she is an attending pediatrician at the Altamed General Pediatric Clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where she teaches pediatric residents and sees her own patients in private practice.  She has been featured on ABC7 and FOX11 news as well as the Patt Morrison Show on 89.3 KPCC.  Her latest project is the asthma clinic at Altamed, where she can spend more time educating patients and parents about optimizing their asthma care and minimizing ER visits and lost school days.  

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