Review decision date: July 2016

Review decision:

We checked this guideline and decided that it should be updated at this time. For details, see the update decision, decision matrix and the process for deciding if an update is needed. Details of the update will be available on the guidelines in development webpage in due course. This guideline will be checked again for update at its scheduled time point according to the methods described here.

Next review date: 2019

This NICE guideline is about the care and treatment in the NHS in England and Wales of babies, children and young people who are younger than 16 years with a urinary tract infection (UTI).

It was previously called urinary tract infection in children: diagnosis, treatment and long-term management.

The advice in the NICE guideline covers the investigations and treatment that should be given to children younger than 16 years who have a UTI, and the information that should be offered to their families.

It does not look at:

  • children who have already been diagnosed with any other kidney, bladder or urinary problems
  • children whose immune system is not working properly
  • children in intensive care units
  • long-term management of repeated UTIs in sexually active girls.

Your responsibility

The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or service users. The application of the recommendations in this guideline is not mandatory and the guideline does not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.

Local commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients or service users wish to use it. They should do so in the context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.

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