My 3-week-old newborn baby 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)? What can it be and what should I do? Please reply.
Reasons For Baby Crying When Urinating
Crying before urinating could be due to a few different reasons. And I think there is a difference between crying for several minutes and only for a few seconds.
First off – does your baby seem to be in pain? Crying for several minutes does sound like pain to me. Peeing obviously should not be painful, and the situation needs to be addressed as soon as possible.
Possible reasons for painful urination in babies
In addition to pain (if we assume that your baby does feel pain 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 were you, I’d contact a doctor to have them analyze a sample of the urine.
Babies in diapers are at risk for urinary tract infections, since the diapers keep the area warm, moist, and thereby ideal for bacteria growth. In addition, the poop contains lots of bacteria, that can reach the urethra.
A urinary tract infection is a common reason for painful peeing in infants and needs to be treated as soon as possible.
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.
Check and see if your baby seems to be read or irritated around the diaper area. Pee in itself can cause irritation, so the diaper rash doesn’t have to be close to the urethra to cause discomfort.
If your baby has some sort of irritation, please learn how to mitigate diaper rash.
Baby Elimination Communication
If your baby is totally fine – no rash or infection (and this has been confirmed by a doctor), then another possible reason can be baby elimination communication.
This is babies’ natural ways of communicating very early that they need to go. Sometimes crying before peeing is simply natural and be used by parents for early potty training.
Here are some common Elimination Communication signals babies may show:
– Sudden fussiness or stillness
– Shivering just before peeing
– Becoming still and staring into space
– Flailing (young baby) or becoming agitated
– Unlatching repeatedly while nursing
– Grunting, becoming red, straining (for poo)
– Tossing and turning restlessly during sleep
However, all of these signals can also signal other things, such as pain, being full, needing to burb, being scared, tummy pain, dreaming and so on. All babies are unique.
You can watch this video about baby elimination communication if you are curious:
To conclude, take your baby’s crying seriously and assume that something is wrong – most likely a diaper rash or a urinary tract infection. Don’t wait with visiting a doctor.
When everything has been sorted out, you can try to observe your baby, if you find baby elimination communication interesting to discover.
And here is another forum thread about a baby that cries when urinating.
Wish you good luck!
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