How Much Urine Should a Baby Pass?
My daughter is 10 months old. She is passing small amounts of urine 3-4 times a day. Is that ok? It seems to me that she is not peeing often enough. How can I know if this is normal or not? Do I need to give her more to drink?
How To Know If A Baby Pees Enough
As long as your daughter’s urine is pale in color (not dark yellow or orange) and not smelly, she is likely to pee enough. Other indications that your baby is not getting the liquid she needs are if she appears to have a dry mouth or eyes and if she is weak and without energy.
If you’re worried, try offering her water a bit more often. Even just a small sip, but frequently, will make her consumption increase quite a lot compared to drinking only at meals. A 10-month baby who has learned to move around one way or the other, may not “have time” to sit still and eat for a very long time. In addition to offering water, safe finger foods that contain liquid, such as fruits and vegetables are are also a great way to get the active baby to eat and drink enough. You can find ideas on finger foods here.
As far as I know there are no real golden rules on how often a baby should be peeing, it is very individual. However, one guideline I see sometimes is that a baby should have at least four wet diapers per day, but preferably between 6 and 8 heavy diapers per day. But this guideline is usually for newborn babies, older babies have a larger bladder, of course. Another guideline is that babies younger than 12 months, shouldn’t go longer than 6 hours without urinating or it may indicate dehydration. For babies older than 12 months, this time frame is extended to 12 hours. My guess is that again if the urine is pale and mild smelling and your daughter has not had any particular problems in this area before, she is likely to be fine. But if you’re really concerned it is always better to talk to a paediatrician.
Another thing – is your girl off diapers? Otherwise it might be that she actually does pee more often, but only small amounts, so that you don’t notice all the times she actually passes urine.
Hope this helps!
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