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Hematuria means “blood in the urine.” And while seeing blood in your child’s urine can certainly be alarming, in most cases it is not serious and is easy to treat.
Hematuria generally fits into one of two categories:
There are more than 50 potential causes of hematuria in children. Not all involve the urinary tract, but those that do include:
Some conditions that cause hematuria, such as urinary tract infection or kidney stones, may cause other symptoms. A child may complain of:
Other causes of hematuria may not have any symptoms.
If your see blood in your child’s urine, or they have symptoms of urinary problems, call your Mercy Kids pediatrician. If blood isn’t visible, we can test the urine to look for it, and do other tests if needed to determine if there is a problem and how to treat it.
Should the cause require more extensive treatment, our pediatric urologists and collaborating nephrologists will work with you to develop an appropriate treatment plan based on your child’s individual needs.
Our pediatric urologists at Mercy Kids diagnose and treat many kids with hematuria using the most effective techniques and a compassionate touch. We’re here to keep your youngest family members healthy and well.
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