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How Much Urine Should a Baby Pass?

by Preethi
(Banglore,India)

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?

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How To Know If A Baby Pees Enough

Hi Preethi,
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!

Paula

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Jul 16, 2012

more urine

by: bharathi.v


my girl baby is 9 months she is passing urine daily 30times it is ok?

Baby Help Line: Babies do in general pass urine often until they start to develop bladder control, especially as long as milk in the mail part of their diet. If your baby is happy and thriving, everything is likely to be fine.


Dec 29, 2012

My Baby pass urine always
by: Rakesh


My Boy baby is 4 Month old. He always pass urine. He pass 5 times urine Every 30 Minutes if he is awake. Is this is good for my baby’s health?


Apr 25, 2013

my baby is 12 months old passing urine only 2 times any problem
by: Esther


My baby is 12 months old passing urine only 2 times any problem?

Baby Help Line: Hi Esther, Please look at the guidelines above to assess whether your baby has a problem or not. Also, a drastic and rapid change in urination frequency could indicate a problem. In such case, I think you should take your baby to a doctor, to rule out any illness or blockge.


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