Pediatric urinary tract infections: Broad-spectrum antibiotic use common

April 1, 2011

The first-ever nationwide survey of antibiotic use in children with urinary tract infections found that the use of third-generation cephalosporins more than doubled between 1998 and 2007.

San Francisco-The first-ever nationwide survey of antibiotic use in children with urinary tract infections found that the use of third-generation cephalosporins more than doubled between 1998 and 2007.

About 3.5% of all children in the United States are subject to urinary tract infections, Dr. Copp reminded attendees at the 2010 American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Urology annual meeting in San Francisco. Characterization of antibiotic prescribing patterns for UTIs has been performed in the adult population, demonstrating an increase in the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics, she added. But researchers at UCSF were unable to find similar surveys of pediatric populations.