Pediatric Urologist Naples, FL
Comprehensive Children's Urology Care
Pediatric urologists are involved in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of urinary and genital problems in children and teenagers.
In addition to providing to medical care, our pediatric urologist understands the unique nature of children and teenagers and is skilled at helping these young patients feel relaxed and be cooperative.
Recurring Urinary Tract Infections
There are a number of fairly common pediatric conditions of the genitalia and urinary system that require attention. One of the most common our urologist treats is recurring urinary tract infections (UTIs). In children 2 years of age and older, the hallmark symptoms of a UTI include:
- Stinging pain when urinating
- Cloudy or bloody urine
- Strong or foul-smelling urine
- Urinating more frequently than normal, although only little bits at a time
In babies, fever may be the only symptom. Other symptoms in children younger than 2 may include a lack of interest in food, diarrhea, and a diaper rash that won’t go away.
A UTI can occur in the bladder, urethra, or kidneys. If a UTI causes fever in a child, it should be treated immediately. In most cases, a UTI will clear up with antibiotics. A UTI can also start in the bladder and move up the urinary tract to the kidneys. A kidney infection is more serious, as it can damage the kidneys.
If your child has frequent infections, he or she should be evaluated by a pediatric nephrologist for possible structural abnormalities. The doctor may perform ultrasound and other imaging studies to examine the kidneys and bladder.
Structural problems that can cause recurring UTIs include:
- Vesicoureteral reflux – a condition in which a faulty valve causes urine to flow back into the kidneys instead of draining into the bladder; affects about 10% of infants and young children
- Hydronephrosis – a condition in which a blockage in the urinary tract causes one or both kidneys to swell due to a buildup of urine; it is sometimes present at birth
- Kidney stones – while stones are typically painless when they remain in the kidney, they may cause persistent UTIs; a structural blockage of the urinary tract may cause kidney stones
Sometimes these conditions can resolve on their own. For those that don’t, our pediatric urologist may need to surgically repair the faulty valve or urinary obstruction.
Other conditions our pediatric urologist frequently sees and treats include:
- Undescended testicle – a testicle that remains in the body instead of naturally dropping down into the scrotum within a few months after birth
- Varicocele – enlargement of the veins, similar to varicose veins, along the spermatic cord leading to the scrotum
- Hypospadias – a condition in which the urethra (the tube carrying urine out of the body) opens on the underside of the penis instead of at its tip
- Bedwetting – Most children grow out of this by age 5. Bedwetting that happens suddenly or with other symptoms may indicate another medical condition, such as UTI or bladder problems, constipation, or diabetes, and should be evaluated.
Contact Our Pediatric Urologist Today!
If your pediatrician or family doctor recommends that your child see a doctor who specializes in urinary and genital disorders in children, trust the experts at KIDZ Medical Services. Call to make an appointment with our pediatric urologist or request an appointment online.