Urinary Tract Infections | Symptoms


How do I know if I have a urinary tract infection?

Possible signs of a urinary tract infection include the following:

  • A burning sensation or pain when you urinate
  • Feeling like you need to urinate more often than usual
  • Feeling the urge to urinate but not being able to
  • Leaking a little urine
  • Cloudy, dark, smelly or bloody urine

Sometimes germs can grow in the urinary tract but you won't have any of these symptoms. This is called asymptomatic (pronounced: "a-simp-toe-mat-ik") bacteriuria. Your doctor can test to find out if you have this. Asymptomatic bacteriuria should be treated in pregnant women, but does not need to be treated in most other women.

How do I know if my child has a UTI?

In a child, symptoms may include any of the symptoms listed above and may also include the following:

  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Irritability or fussiness
  • Less active
  • Stomach pain
  • Back pain
  • Wets his or her clothes even though he or she is potty trained


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Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

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