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No one wants to think that their baby would be ill. They can have a common cold or infection just like the rest of us and it’s hard to see your precious ones like this. It is important to keep an eye on your baby for any changes or things that may seem out of the ordinary. Babies can have various conditions that are well known such as urinary tract infections, amino acid disorders, vitamin deficiencies or Type 1 diabetes.

You know your baby better than anybody and parents are pretty expert at knowing if something doesn’t seem right so err on the side of caution if you see any of these symptoms and signs that your baby is not feeling well:

  • Irritability and restlessness
  • Blocked, stuffy, runny nose or sneezing
  • Fever, cough, chestiness or sore throat
  • Reddened eyes
  • Sudden loss of appetite or weight
  • Sudden increase of appetite
  • Lack of energy
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Sleeping more or more quiet than usual
  • Shortness of breath
  • Urinating more than usual
  • Spots
  • Being clingy
  • Limpness or floppiness
  • Increased thirst
  • Fruity, sweet, or wine-like breath

If you are concerned about any symptoms, write down any questions you have and consult your physician. Some conditions found in babies cause a child to have elevated levels of certain substances in his or her urine. Studying the urine sample will determine what conditions could be causing these levels. Collecting a urine sample from an infant sounds difficult but can be performed quite easily with a little patience. To collect a urine sample from an infant, you will be given a special collection bag (try to have more than one) designed to fit over your infants’ genital area. You will have to make sure the urethra where the urine comes out is washed using soap or soap and oil free skin cleansing wipes.

A male baby will need to have his entire penis in the bag and a female baby will need to have the bag placed over the two folds either side of the vagina or labia so the whole vagina is covered. Then the diaper can go over the bag. Regularly check for urine in the bag so you can take the bag out and pour the urine in to the sample cup without touching the lid or the inside of the sample cup.

You may have to try this process more than once as babies can be active and the bag may move and not collect the urine, however this process should not cause discomfort for the baby. Clean your baby’s genital area after removing the bag as it is rare but some babies can react to the plastic material of the bag. Always keep this sample in the fridge until you are ready to go back to your physician. A urine test is perhaps the most simple of tests to do for an infant. Results are usually very fast and accurate so that you can act quickly on treatment or have peace of mind that you have a healthy bub!

Urine Test for baby

Doctors generally do a urine test on babies or children to ensure the kidneys are functioning properly or if they suspect an infection in the bladder or kidneys. The urine test may be taken in the doctor's clinic or at home. It's simple for toilet-trained children to give a urine (pee) sample as they can go in a cup. In some cases, a nurse or doctor may insert a catheter (a narrow, soft tube) through the urinary tract opening into the bladder to get the urine sample. While this can be uncomfortable and scary for kids, it's typically not painful. There are ways of obtaining a sample from a baby with the method in the link below.

Medline: www.nlm.nih.gov

Other reading and resources:

Urinary Tract Infections in babies: www.aafp.org

Kidney Problems: www.davita.com