Symptom should prompt doctors to test for urinary infection, study shows

MONDAY, April 2 (HealthDay News) — When parents say their child‘s urine smells bad, doctors should test for a urinary tract infection, Canadian researchers report.

To examine the link between smelly urine and urinary tract infections (UTIs), researchers from Sainte-Justine University Hospital Center at the University of Montreal surveyed the parents of 331 children ranging in age from 1 month to 3 years who were tested in the emergency room for a suspected UTI.

The study revealed smelly urine was the risk factor most strongly linked to UTI — 57 percent of the children who tested positive for a UTI had smelly urine, while only 32 percent of children who tested negative did.

Although stinky urine increases the likelihood that a child has a UTI, the researchers admitted that this symptom alone isn’t enough to make a diagnosis.

Read more at: http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=663266

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