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Could It Be a UTI?

If your baby has a sudden fever over 101 degrees F. and is fussy but doesn't seem to have any other symptoms, she could have a bladder or urinary-tract infection. UTIs are particularly common in girls, because bacteria from poop can enter the urethra. However, according to a recent study in The New England Journal of Medicine, only 16 percent of children ages 3 to 36 months who came to the doctor with a high fever were actually given a urine culture to test for a UTI. Call your doctor if your child pees more often than usual; has bad-smelling, bloody, or cloudy urine; or has a fever over 101 degrees F.

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