Culture sensitivity and antibiotic profile in urinary tract infection in children between 1-15 years


  • Nisar Ahmad Ganie Department of Pediatrics, SKIMS Medical College Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
  • Mohsin Rashid Department of Pediatrics, SKIMS Medical College Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
  • Syed Muneeb Mohammad Department of Pediatrics, SKIMS Medical College Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
  • Riyaz Ahmad Malik Department of Pediatrics, SKIMS Medical College Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
  • Mohd Rafiq Lone Department of Pediatrics, SKIMS Medical College Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India



Urinary tract infection, Children


Background: The aim was to study the antibiotic resistance in children with urinary tract infection and to observe any difference between antibiotic resistance rates.

Methods: It was a prospective study carried out in SKIMS Medical College Hospital, Srinagar over a period of two years from January 2017 to January 2019. The study included 210 children between 1 year and 15 years who had presented with complaints of urinary tract infection and whose urine cultures were positive for the growth of an organism. These children were analyzed in order to find the frequency of organisms grown on culture, sensitivity of organisms isolated on culture and the rates of developed resistance to the antibiotics.

Results: A total of 210 patients aged were included in the study, encompassing 66 (31.4) males and 144 (68.6%) females. Out of 144 female children 108 were under 6years of age while as out of 66 male children 48 were under 6years of age. As per the growth on urine culture,  the commonest organism that grew on culture were Escherichia coli (E. coli) was observed in 156 (74.3%), enterococcus in 18 (8.57%), Proteus mirabilis in 11 (5.2%), Acinetobacter spp. in 7 (3.3%), Pseudomonas spp. 5 (2.4%), Staphylococcus aureus in 4 (1.9%), Morganella spp. in 3 (1.4%) patients. Authors found imipenem, aminoglycosides and nitrofurantoin as the most effective antibiotics for urinary tract infections in pediatric age group.

Conclusions: From this study, they concluded that parenteral antibiotics to be started empirically for the treatment of UTIs in all pediatric age groups are  aminoglycosides. In contrast for outpatient management of urinary tract infections, our results suggest that nitrofurantoin should be used for children aged beyond 1 year of age due to the low rate of resistance to nitrofurantoin in patients aged over 1 year.


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