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Your youngster’s pee: An final information – CHOC


Recommendation for folks about their youngster’s urine colours, hydration and well being

Though it might sound foolish, right here at CHOC, we encourage you to take a periodic peek inside the bathroom bowl! The colour, odor and nature of your youngster’s urine (pee) can inform you a large number about their hydration — and general well being.

Right here, Dr. Monica Molina, a pediatrician in CHOC’s Major Care Community, gives an final information to your youngster’s urine. Get solutions in regards to the frequent urine hues and smells, how a lot water your youngster needs to be consuming and when to hunt assist in case your youngster complains of ache whereas peeing.

What can my youngster’s pee coloration inform me about their well being?

Sometimes, the colour of your youngster’s urine will depend on how hydrated they’re, says Dr. Molina. Infants, youngsters and youths could have urine colours starting from clear to amber coloration.

By holding the occasional pulse in your youngster’s urine coloration, you might be able to monitor their water consumption, spot indicators of potential an infection and search assist out of your physician when wanted.

CHOC’s Pee Palette: How you can decode your youngster’s urine colours

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Widespread urine colours for infants, youngsters and youths

  • Clear. When urine seems clear, it’s most frequently a results of consuming loads of water. Infants will usually have related urine colours to youngsters and youths, but it surely’s frequent for his or her urine to be pale or colorless for the primary few days after delivery. Then, as infants begin to feed, their urine will develop into extra concentrated and switch pale yellow.
  • Pale Yellow. That is the perfect coloration for urine. It signifies that the physique is well-hydrated and functioning correctly. You may inform your youngsters that this coloration means they’re consuming sufficient water.
  • Darkish Yellow: If urine is darker than pale yellow, it would imply that your youngsters must drink extra water. It might point out delicate dehydration. With elevated hydration, your youngster’s urine coloration ought to develop into paler after just a few hours.
  • Amber or honey: If urine seems amber or honey-colored, it’s an indication of dehydration. Encourage your youngster to drink water instantly.
  • Orange: Orange urine could be attributable to sure medicines or meals, however it may additionally point out dehydration or liver issues. Encourage your youngster to drink water and monitor their urine coloration.

Much less frequent urine colours in infants, youngsters and youths  

  • Pink or pink: Though meals and drinks might trigger urine to look pink or pink, it is also an indication of blood within the urine, which might point out a well being problem. In case your youngster’s urine is pink or pink, they need to see a health care provider instantly.
  • Blue or inexperienced: Generally, sure meals or medicines may cause urine to look blue or inexperienced. Whereas that is normally innocent, it’s a good suggestion to say it to a health care provider if it persists.
  • Cloudy or foamy: Cloudy or foamy urine may point out a urinary tract an infection (UTI). In case your youngster’s urine seems constantly cloudy or foamy, they need to see a health care provider.

Share this pee palette along with your youngsters and encourage them to peek at the bathroom bowl occasionally (since they most likely already do anyway!) so they’re extra conscious of their our bodies and well being. At all times reassure them that it’s regular to speak about bodily features and that it’s vital to let an grownup know if one thing appears uncommon or uncomfortable.

For extra bathroom bowl suggestions, go to CHOC’s final information to your youngster’s poop.

Why does my youngster’s pee scent?

Urine does have a barely “nutty” or “ammonia-like” odor, which is solely regular. It’s normally delicate, however generally, different elements might change the scent of urine, like:

  • Eating regimen. Meals like asparagus, sure spices and low may cause urine to have a stronger odor. Dehydration can even focus the waste merchandise in urine, making the odor extra noticeable.
  • Medicines. Some medicines, like antibiotics, might change the scent of your youngster’s urine quickly.
  • Well being circumstances. Sure circumstances like urinary tract infections (UTIs), diabetes, liver or kidney issues and metabolic issues may cause adjustments within the scent of urine. For instance, UTIs usually produce a stronger, foul odor.

Normally, a slight odor in your youngster’s urine isn’t trigger for concern and needs to be resolved by itself. Nevertheless, in case your youngster’s urine has a robust, foul scent that lasts a number of days and is accompanied by different signs like ache, fever or adjustments in urine coloration, name your physician.

My youngster is complaining that it hurts after they pee. What ought to I do?

Ache whereas peeing could be attributable to various things. Mostly, it’s attributable to UTIs.

Irritation or harm of the genital space or kidney stones (small plenty of minerals) within the urinary tract might also trigger ache whereas peeing.

Encourage your youngster to drink water and hold an eye fixed out for different signs of an infection like fever, stomach ache or adjustments in urine coloration or odor.

In case your youngster experiences these signs, or the ache persists, name your physician. 

How a lot water ought to my youngster be consuming?

At CHOC, we advocate that children drink the quantities of water beneath in keeping with their age, says Dr. Molina. You will need to be aware that youngsters ought to drink the variety of 8-ounce cups of water equal to their age, with a minimal of 64 ounces of water for kids over the age of 8.

Get extra hydration suggestions for teenagers from CHOC consultants

Retaining observe of the character of your youngster’s pee generally is a useful method to verify they’re staying hydrated and feeling properly. So don’t be afraid to research the bathroom bowl and encourage your youngsters to report something uncommon to you. Your youngster’s pee can present useful clues to dehydration and an infection prevention!

For extra well being and wellness sources from the pediatric consultants at CHOC, join the Children Well being e-newsletter.


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