Bedwetting and urinary-tract infections in children

Bedwetting and urinary-tract infections in children

Being able to spot symptoms of infections and other urinary concerns is helpful for a parent. Here’s

Being alert to urinary symptoms can ensure that if there is a problem, your child will get the treatment he needs. Most urinary problems are easily fixedif identified early.

Even after your preschooler learns to use the toilet and stays dry all day (usually between ages two and four), she may still wet the bed at night now andthen. This is normal until the ages of six or seven. After this age, bedwetting is still normal, but it can be upsetting to your child and keep her fromenjoying social activities such as overnights and sleepovers.

You don’t want to punish or criticize your child for wetting the bed. It is not intentional and not under his control.

When is it an infection?
The following signs can indicate an infection:

  • If your child suddenly needs to urinate more frequently (every five minutes, say) but produces only a small amount of urine each time.
  • If the change to frequent urination is accompanied by pain, fever, or foul smell.
  • If your child experiences abdominal pain or unexplained fever

Consult your pediatrician, who will check for infection with a urinalysis.

Girls get more infections
This is because the opening of the urethra, the tube leading from the bladder to the outside, is short and close to the anus. Bacteria can easily enter thebladder. There are some precautions you can take to minimize the risk of a urinary infection:

  • Wipe your daughter from front to back, and teach her to do it this way.
  • Keep personal wipes or diaper wipes on hand in the bathroom for use after bowel movements.
  • Avoid bubble bath, which can enter and irritate the bladder and prepare the way for an infection.
  • Make sure girls drink water or other liquids frequently. Girls should have to urinate every two to four hours during the day, and their urine should be very pale (almost clear) if they are drinking enough fluid.

When to worry
Alert your pediatrician if your child who seldom or never wets at night begins to do it often. This could be a sign of urinary infection, or it couldsignal diabetes, kidney disease or constipation. Similarly, when a child who has been dry during the day begins to have daytime wetting, there is almostalways a physical reason. Any change requires some detective work and maybe a check-up.

How it flows
Watch your child's urine stream, especially if you have a boy. A nice, strong flow that arcs well away from the body is normal in boys. A weak, dribblingstream, or the constant release of small amounts of urine that leave underwear or diapers perpetually damp, can signal an abnormality of the urinary tract.If a child has to strain to urinate or has a hard time starting, let your healthcare provider know; there may be a problem with the urinary tract.

Color and odor
If your child's urine is pink or cola-colored or is very dark or smells unusual, bring it to your healthcare provider's attention right away. Kidney orliver problems may be the cause, and this needs immediate investigation. Early treatment may avoid kidney damage.

While most urinary problems are easily fixed, it is important to able to recognize problems so they can quickly be addressed.

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my child just turned 4 but still does not stay dry at night. It's good to know that this is probably normal.

good info


Its hard to tell with really little kids. It is so much easier when they can tell you something hurts



I have a bed wetter - this article gives me a little encouragement.

Great pointers

caliwndrwman 7/27/2015

This was an informative article alerting me what to look for if my daughter ever shows any signs of an infection.

Thank You


I had plenty of information of adult UTI's but was not totally informed in children's ones. Again, thank you for taking the time to inform parents.

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