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Antibiotics Won't Prevent Urinary Tract Infections in Kids: Study


Giving children antibiotics to ward off repeat urinary tract infections does not prevent the problem from returning and leads to infections that are resistant to the drugs, researchers said on Tuesday.

Preventive daily use of antimicrobials is often recommended in cases where children have already had a urinary tract infection and tests indicate they have a backflow of urine from the bladder into the ureter, which connect to the kidneys.

As many as 180,000 children in the United States have a urinary tract infection by the time they reach age 6, and up to 40 percent of those have the backflow problem which can cause a growth of bacteria in urine remaining in the tract.

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