5-point GP checklist for UTI in young children

A new clinical rule developed by GPs improves the diagnosis of urinary tract infections in young children and reduces the need to obtain urine samples, according to its UK developers.

The two-step clinical rule uses a five-item checklist based on signs and symptoms to decide whether a clean-catch urine sample should be collected or antibiotics prescribed (scroll down for full details).

  1. Pain/crying on passing urine
  2. Smelly urine
  3. Previous UTI
  4. Absence of severe cough
  5. Serious illness present

The score from the checklist can be used to