Asymptomatic bacteriuria and sensitivity patterns among under-five year old children
Background: Asymptomatic bacteriuria (ASB) has been recognized to be common among under-fives, and its presence may be a pointer to an underlying urinary tract abnormality.
Objectives: The study aims to determine the prevalence of asymptomatic bacteriuria and the sensitivity patterns of pathogens among under-five children in Oshimili south LGA of Delta state, Nigeria.
Methods: This was a cross-sectional study involving 255 under-5 children selected via a two-stage cluster sampling. Urine was obtained by a clean catch method from these apparently healthy children for culture and sensitivity tests.
Results: The prevalence of ASB in the study was 6.3%. Escherichia coli was the predominant organism isolated. The antibiotics sensitivity test revealed a high level of resistance
Conclusion: Asymptomatic bacteriuria was common among healthy looking under-five children. Sensitivity test is advised rather than relying on old empiric antibiotics.