Urinary Tract Infections | Complications

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Can a UTI cause serious damage to the kidneys?

Yes, sometimes a UTI can damage the kidneys. It's important to seek treatment right away if you think you or your child has a UTI.

I’m pregnant. How will a UTI affect my baby?

If you have a UTI and it isn't treated, it may lead to a kidney infection. Kidney infections may cause early labor. Fortunately, asymptomatic bacteriuria and bladder infections can usually be found and treated before the kidneys become infected. If your doctor treats a urinary tract infection early and properly, it won't hurt your baby.

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Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 09/00

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