My 4-month-old baby is not urinating. My son is acting normal – slept for 13 hours woke up happy but had a dry diaper when he woke. He ate like normal and now 1 1/2 hours later still has not urinated. Should I be concerned?
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What To Do If Baby Is Not Urinating, But Not Sick
14 hours without peeing is a long time for a baby. Could there be any reason why he would be dehydrated?
Some common signs of dehydration are:
- Not looking well
- Being more irritable than usual
- Having a dry skin and/or a sunken fontanel
- Urinating less than usual
The general guideline is that a baby should be urinating at least once every 1.5 hours and certainly not go without urinating for longer than 6 hours.
Has your baby eaten anything? Of course, if he sleeps through the night and hasn’t had any yet, then the amount of urine he would pass is smaller than if he feeds at night.
Most often, babies do pass urine, but the parents won’t notice. This is because disposable diapers are so efficient in soaking up the urine. If you tear his old diaper apart, you can examine the small beads in there. If they are warm or if they smell urine, your son has urinated.
It is possible that this is just a onetime event or that your baby has urinated and the diaper just absorbed it all, but I think you should still take this seriously.
If he hasn’t eaten much yet, offer him some milk. If he has eaten normal amounts and still doesn’t pee, then there could be some blockage, and more liquid could do more harm than good. Just take him to a doctor in such a case instead.
If he starts to become very tired or get a fever, is fussy or shows any other sign of illness or pain, contact a doctor immediately.
So to conclude, your baby is hopefully just fine, but do examine his diaper, offer some liquid if he hasn’t had any recently, and call the Dr – all right now!
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