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Baby Cries Before Urinating

by Rahi
(Chicago, il)

My 3 week old daughter cries inconsolably at least for 3-4 minutes before she urinates, but not all the time. Sometimes she cries for a few seconds. She doesn’t cry if she urinates in sleep.

Did anyone face similar problems with their baby(ies). Please reply.
thank you.

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Reasons For Baby Crying When Urinating

Does your baby have any other symptoms of problems, such as brightly colored or smelly urine? The crying could be due to a urinary tract infection and if I was you I’d contact a doctor to have them analyze a sample of the urine. You can find more symptoms of urinary tract infections in infants here and see if your baby has other signs of illness too.

Of course, a diaper rash could also make it painful for your baby to pee, as well as some small tearing.

Finally, you can also search for the term elimination communication, which has to do with babies’ natural ways of communicating very early that they need to go. Soemtimes crying before peeing is simply natural and be used by parents for early potty training.

Wish you good luck!


Find comments below.


Jun 07, 2011

pain before urinating

by: Anonymous

My baby has the same problem. The dr told me to change my formula to a soy based formual. I really don’t think the formula is the problem, but I am going to try it.

Jun 08, 2011

pain before urinating

by: Anonymous

I have the same problem with my 2 month old son. It’s going on since he was born. The doctor did a test for UTI, but it was negative. He is breast feeding, so I think it’s not the formula problem. Yesterday I even found a pink spot on his diaper (blood). I called the doctor & he said not to worry. I’m trying to get the doctor to send me to the specialist. Will let you know if something comes up.


Jul 03, 2011

Baby Cries Before Urinating

by: Anonymous

My 7 week old seems to be crying just before he urinates. If this is the case it must be an internal problem, right? Not a diaper rash. He does get happy when I remove his diaper – – usually after I get peed on.

Jul 03, 2011

problem solved

by: Iveta

My son’s problem is fixed. I was sent to a specialist & she found out that the head of his penis was red ( some irritation) and gave me an cream to put on that. After 3 days no more crying.

Jul 26, 2011

Elimination Communication

by: Anonymous

Believe it or not, it is very common for young babies to cry before and while urinating. They are giving you cues that they need to potty. When we ignore these cries and teach them to use a diaper, they eventually stop telling us they need to go.

Yes, there can be medical issues like a UTI or diaper rash, but in very young healthy babies, they are most likely just telling you they need to pee – the only way they know how.

Do a search for elimination communication and you’ll find lots of stories of parents whose babies successfully use the toilet. This is also very common and natural in other countries.

Jul 28, 2011

Baby Cries Before Urinating
by: Anonymous

My 2 month old son is screaming in pain prior to urinating and my doctor said, “some babies have colic”(the UTI test was negative). My son does not have colic, he is very calm and cries normally when hungry and such. But prior to urinating he screams, kicks and is in so much pain. The doctors act as though I am over reacting but I hate to see him in this pain even if it only lasts about 30 seconds.

Aug 02, 2011

My baby cries a lot..
by: ammibeta

My 2 months old son continues to cry except the time when he is nursed. I have consulted two or more specialist, but their medicines were failed. I am much worried about him. What might be the problem. Very rarely he keeps quite.

Aug 03, 2011

Baby Cries Before Urinating – stopped after first month
by: Anonymous

My daughter stopped crying after her first month. Apparently, (this is what the doctor said), some kids do not understand the “feeling to pee”. They are bothered by that feeling and they cry. This is true in my daughter’s case, because she is like that. She is 2 and half yrs old and doesn’t like lots of things, a long list of things which other kids seem to enjoy or don’t mind. I know she will get over these eventually.

Aug 15, 2011

baby boy 8 weeks

by: Anonymous

My 8 week old son also screams/cries in pain prior to urinating – he is otherwise very calm. Of course he when hungry/tired etc., but this cry is different… before he urinates he screams, kicks, gets bright red, goes all rigid and seems to be in pain. Took him to emerg this evening – referral to urologist… I’ll let you know what I learn.

Aug 16, 2011

pain before urinating – problem solved
by: Iveta

I’m one of the moms which posted her problem here before & the problem was fixed after almost an year. Anyway, if you have a boy who is not circumcised, try pulling the foreskin & see if the head and around the the head is red. It can be hidden under the foreskin near end of the head, so try little by little to see. If it is try asking your doctor if he can tell you why or if you can be seen by a specialist. That was the problem my baby boy had.
I wish all of you good luck!!

Aug 21, 2011

my son
by: concerned mother

yes i feel y’all.. i hate to see my baby cry as well.. yes even if its only 30 sec. and yes its when he pees…. and yes the penis is red and had some bleeding.. my son is 3 weeks old.. so i thought the penis was fully healed.. i guess not… so sad tears… wish me luck on his recovery.. good luck with your babies.. and congrats….

Aug 21, 2011

by: RamyaVijay

hi,my 3 week old daughter also cries before she pees. but not all the time. only when she is awake, if she feels like urinating, she cries and stops crying once she pees. i am in India and having normal diet. may be should i stop eating spicy foods? please suggest.

Aug 25, 2011

Baby cries before,while and after urinating
by: Anonymous

My girl baby is one and a half month old and she cries continuously /screams continuously after urinating.But she doesn’t cry every time though most of the times she cries.Even though the doc said its due to colic i have my own doubts.Her skin is reddened on her back but its very tiny.Is this due to any Urinary infection or colic pain or rash issues or anything else.Do let me know if anyone has the same problems.

Aug 30, 2011

Urine problem in infant
by: Sunisha

My 1half mnths daughter cries before urinating .Especially when she is taking my feed. My doctor told that it could be the reflex action in infants and it is nothing to worry

Sep 03, 2011

screaming before while and after
by: Vamshi

My nephew is 1 and half month old, screams before
while and after urinating .. When we contacted
doc ..they said everything is fine after doing
some tests . He advised some antibiotic
tablets .. but still we are worrying ?
will there be any problem .. some doc say
may be bcs of narrow line ..Does anyone
experienced the same ?? .

Sep 17, 2011

Crying while Urine time
by: Suhas Gaikwad

My 1 year old daughter cries inconsolably at least for 5-10 minutes before she urinates. But not all the time. Sometimes she cries for a few seconds. She doesn’t cry if she urinates in sleeping time or sometime she cry mid night. Did anyone face similar problems with your baby(ies). Please reply.
thank you.

Suhas G.

Oct 04, 2011

Cry before urinating in diaper
by: Anonymous

Hi same here my 4 month old tends to cry before he urinates not all the time but sometimes. Funnily though he never cries when he pees when his diaper is off. He is not prone to nappy rash but it seems obvious to me that he dislikes peeing in the diaper? Coz if he’s in pain when he urinates, he would cry even with the diaper off, no?

Nov 05, 2011

now 6 months – getting better

by: Anonymous

My baby boy was the same – at 6 months he is getting better – but it really only seemed to happen when his diaper was on, so we concluded that he didn’t like peeing in a diaper. Look up ‘elimination communication’… I started using some of the techniques, specifically signalling and timing, and now he usually just pees on awashcloth when I take of his cloth diaper and then we put it back on. Much happier 🙂

Nov 07, 2011

Baby applying force before urinating

by: Anonymous

My 6 Month baby girl applying so much pressure before urinating, This we are watching form last 1 month, What is the problem can any one help.

Jan 23, 2012

by: Anonymous

My son is now 1 month old. He used to pee continously and one day he startd crying for hours straight and didn’t pee once. We went to the doc and found out he had a uti. Now again he is crying while peeing and the doc is going to run some tests and may have to scan him too…. It’s been such a trying time. He has been admitted twice at the hospital.

Mar 28, 2012

Pain before urination

by: Sd

it is normal.When urine is full in bladder, it creates pressure and pain.

Apr 18, 2012

Applies pressure before urination

by: pushpanjali

My baby girl is 2-1/2 months. She applies force before urination.

May 21, 2012

1 month daughter cries when urinating
by: Anonymous

I’ve been experiencing the same issues with my daughter. She cries like a normal baby (hungry, dirty diaper, tired, etc) but just before she pees and during, she wails, turns red, clenches her fists and squirms all over. After a month of getting to know her, I can definitely tell a normal cry and a pain cry. I took her to the doctor and the doctor did a did a urine test (used a catheter to get a urine sample- not fun) and the urine came out cloudy… we’re still waiting for the test results but she’s on Amoxicillin antibiotics now. There’s some improvement (day 3) with less intense crying but she’s still pretty uncomfortable. I’ll post a follow up once I get the final results. Good luck everyone, this is stressful to go through.

Jun 07, 2012

6 week daughter cries when she pipes

by: Anonymous

Follow up… After a few urine tests at the doctor, we found no uti issues. Our best guess is that she’s allergic to something we’re using and leaning towards the baby wipes, causing irritation when she pees. So we only use flannel wipes now (1 week into it) and are using diaper rash cream to help calm the redness. Otherwise we’re using cloth diapers with really mild detergent, warm water baths (no soap). I may try soy formula if the problem continues but I’ll have to research that further.

Dec 03, 2012

Baby cries before urinating

by: Anonymous

@suhas :)my girl baby is experiencing d same prob as urs for d part one week.she is 13 months old.mm reeli worried.once d reports come it wil be known what exactly is d prob she s facing.regarding babies putting pressure when they r 5 or 6 month old,its juz nothing to worry cuz my baby did n i gav no medicine.so ladies do not panic when baby puts pressure,worry comes when they cry.good luck n take care of ur lil angels.

Dec 10, 2012

Common causes

by: Dr Saad Iraq

Regarding painful micturition of female children it’s commonly due to UTI from infancy till puberty even after! Other causes needs further investigations.

In male children, parents should know that uncircumcised children are more liable for UTI than circumcised. Also, they should notice flow of urine of their child is it continuos or dripping. In infants, swelling and redness of penis may be noticed especially if the opening of the foreskin of penis is narrow, try to retract it and see if it is difficult to see the glans this means it’s very narrow and you should see a urologist who may do circumcision or widening of foreskin opening.

Analgesics and antibiotics are routine in such cases. Other causes should be determined by a specialist my advice is to take your child urgently to doctor when he or she cries during micturition because it’s painful condition and for boys circumcision is very good to avoid UTI recurrent attacks.

Dec 12, 2012

Regarding UTI and circumcision
by: Paula (Easy Baby Life)

Dr Saad Iraq recommends circumcision to avoid UTI. It is true that the risk of UTI is lower in cicumcised boys, but I think it is appropriate to say that the risk is low in general for boys.

The fact that the foreskin is narrow in baby boys is normal and there was recently a research study published, in which the occurence of UTI is uncircumcised boys had been examined. The study found no increased risk for boys with a narrow foreskin. You can read about the study here.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently (August 27, 2012) updated their recommendations on circumcision, basically saying that new evidence points to greater benefits of infant circumcision, but that the benefits are not strong enough to recommend it as a general procedure. The final decision should still be up to the parents.

Dec 31, 2012

baby cries before urination

by: Anonymous

i have a 2. months old baby girl, even she cries before passing urine but she never cries for pee when she is sleeping, well, its common for babies to cryfor their sensitive tummies and bladder pressure, these symptoms ussually fades away after 6 months,the most wondering thing is she starts to play soon after peeing, as if nothing happened. she coos and smiles.if u feel its amatter of concern, then better t walk to ur baby’s pedo…. good luck

Feb 09, 2013

1 month baby girl cries sometimes before peeing.

by: Anonymous

Read most of the comments and mine is a similar one,baby wails at times before peeing and before pooping she kicks around. We have realized one thing that before passing gas,she does feel comforted if we help her by taking her legs gently in by lying position and thereafter, she passes either of the three.
Also using mostly flannel nappis,keeping the temp in the room warm and cosy, as even cold effects their digestive system.

Mar 02, 2013

1 Mnth boy having massive pain before Urine. plz help

by: Sakya Chatterjee

Our 1 month baby boy cries loud just before urination, whenever his genital get erected due to urine pressure .. Even during sleep he cries in pain. Urine routine examination report is normal. Massage of ointment in the head of penis and foreskin has fetched No Result..
Please suggest any Tests or Dr or treatment to find out any hindrance or narrowness of the urinary track or aperture .. We need your help as we cant see our little Boy scream 50 times whenever he feels to urinate.
Email- sakyachatterjee@gmail.com

Mar 06, 2013

Baby Boy cried before pee

by: Suhasini

Well I was nervous and scared when my 10 month old baby boy cried this afternoon. He was screaming and couldn’t pee then i gave him water and i was feeding more water with small breaks, i noticed he want to pee but it was paining him then i filled warm water in the tub and made him sit in the tub for 10 mins then with no pain he could pee. He was not circumcised i checked pulling foreskin everything was good its just due to dehydration i guess…but still i gave a call to my doc and spoke about this he suggested to fill the water in the tub add little baking soda into the water and make him sit in the water for a while so that if there any infection it will wash out…i know its very painful to see them crying my baby is fine now. What i suggest is when you start solids to your babies feed them good amount of water it will help them and there won’t be any pain while urinating.

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  • worried mom

    Hi, my 4month daughter applies force before urinating.. can ny one tell me what could be the reason??

  • JV

    My two week, bottle fed daughter was having hysterical fits right before peeing/pooing. Her body would stiffen, her face would turn red and she would scream as if in pain. I would open up her diaper to find it dry, but seconds later she would let loose and pee. The only difference when it was poo was that she would grunt a little between screams. So I looked up EC (Elimination Communication) as suggested by some here, and WOW. My two week baby girl is eliminating in the toilet!
    She still screams and throws a fit, but fewer times in the day because I take her to the bathroom in anticipation first thing in the mornings, after every feeding during day and last thing before bed.

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