Recently my six-year-old boy had very cloudy urine pink in appearance. Does this mean that he had an infection?
Cloudy urine is a common occurrence in children who are having an inflammation of the kidneys called glomerulonephritis. The cloudy appearance is caused by the presence of blood. If the amount of blood is sufficient, the urine will be pink or red.
Nephritis is the response of the kidney to an infection that was usually present several weeks previously and most commonly was a sore throat or similar infection.
Children with nephritis should be closely watched by their physician, in order to prevent complications, which occasionally develop. Fortunately, in the vast majority of cases the outlook is good, and plenty of rest, good food, and avoidance of strenuous exercise will result in a complete cure.
This condition is much more common in children than in adults, and the outlook in general is better than in adults.
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