Can UTIs cause behavioral changes?
If your elderly loved one has struggled with a urinary tract infection
(UTI) then you know that even with all the modern treatments, UTIs can be stubborn and difficult to treat. In adults with dementia, UTIs can also cause behavioral changes in addition or sometimes, instead of the regular symptoms.
How should you deal with this as a caregiver? In this post, we will go over how you can identify behavioral changes due to a UTI and what you can do about it.
But first, it’s important to know which symptoms are associated with a UTI.
If you notice any of these symptoms, chances are that an infection is present. It’s best to consult with you or your loved one’s doctor in this case. Not doing this could lead to the spread of the infection which complicates matters.
UTIs and behavioral changes
While this is not a “usual” symptom, in older adults with dementia or who are risk for it, may experience behavioral changes with a UTI.
These changes include:
If your loved one is typically not like this and you notice that this has happened for more than 24 hours, it is a cause for concern. Get to an emergency room immediately.
What you can do to help
When it comes to UTIs and behavioral changes, quick action is the key to reversing the changes as well as treating the infection.
To take it a step further, it is helpful if you can recognize a UTI during the very early stages of infection.
You can do that with our Pixie Smart Pads which detect infections very early on so your loved one can receive the treatment they need.
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