Health News Digest - "Urinary Tract Infection Testing for Feverish Babies Can Wait"
Aggressive testing of feverish children under the age of two to rule out urinary tract infections may not be necessary, according to a review published in Annals of Emergency Medicine. "We found only two small studies that support aggressive testing for urinary tract infections (UTIs) in febrile infants to prevent long-term kidney problems, while the rest of the medical literature has been unable to link UTIs to these complications," said lead author David Newman, MD, of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. "Bladder catheterization is painful, invasive and stressful and has the potential to cause infection. We could not find sufficient justification for doing it in our review, particularly in view of the considerable negative effects." Learn more