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4-Month-Old Not Urinating But Does Not Seem To Be Ill??

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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 Isn’t Urinating, But Not Sick

14 hours without peeing is a long time for a baby. Offer your son some liquid and see if it helps. Could there be any reason why he would be dehydrated? 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. 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.

Most often, babies do pass urine, but the parents won’t notice. This is because disposable diapers are so efficent 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.

My recommendation is to call the Dr, offer liquid to your son and examine his diaper – all right now.

Good luck,

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Nov 25, 2013

Don’t Over do it with the liquids
by: Anonymous


I am not a mom but I am a nanny and a nurse. I just want to recommend that if your child seems to have not urinated for several hours (you mentioned 13 hours, that is a significant amount of time) check the diaper carefully, you may be missing a small amount of urine. If you are unsure try wrapping him in a cloth diaper or a swaddling cloth for around 1.5-2.5 hours to see if he urinates (infants generally urinate every 1.5 hours) If there is still no indication that he has urinated and you are confident that he is not dehydrated (normal feeding patterns and no diarrhea) do not try to force urination by filling him up with liquids. If there is a more serious problem such as a blockage, this can aggravate it and possibly do damage. If after trying the cloth diaper you still see no sign of urination, see your pediatrician. As long as your child’s behavior is normal do not feel you must rush him to the emergency room. If you are worried you can always call the nearest hospital and ask to speak to the triage nurse. She will be able to asses over the phone how critical the symptoms are and give you a “soft recommendation”.


Jan 10, 2014

My 3 month old child is not wetting his diaper as often

by: Anonymous

My 3 month old child has a cold. His symptoms are coughing, congested, runny nose, pink or rash on face, body,between skin folds. His void is colored yellow and a slight tinge of green. His diapers are dry for about 6-8 hrs now,but my wife and I noticed a slight pinkish color on his diaper where his urine usually is. He is breast feeding well and smiles and is attentive, but we’ve noticed him sleeping more often now. After he feeds he is irritable. He cries when he coughs because of his runny but sometimes clogged nose and congestion sometimes causes him to gag. We’re hoping he doesn’t have UTI.

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