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Mom’s Question:
My baby is 4 months old and passes urine 2 to 3 times within half an hour. What could be the problem and what should I do about it? Please help me!

Asma
(Bangalore)


Baby Helpline:

Frequent Urination In Babies – Problem Or Not?

Frequent urination in babies is actually most often a sign of a well hydrated, well taken care of baby with a healthy bladder. Good Job! The baby hasn’t really learned how to control their bladder yet by this age and they will go a lot. I know it means extra work for you but it’s a good sign. Unless your baby stops peeing there is no problem unless your baby is showing other signs of illness.

It is generally said that the baby should really wet 6-8 diapers per day when they are really young. That doesn’t mean they should only pee 6-8 times per day though, it is more a measure of them drinking enough fluid.

You should, of course, continue to watch for signs of illness, but really, it sounds as if your boy is just fine!

I guess one worry that might come to mind when a baby urinates very often is if he or she might be suffering from a urinary tract infection (UTI). However, the symptoms of UTI are not exactly the same for an infant as for an adult

Signs of Urinary Tract Infection in Infants

  • Adults with a urinary tract infection often pee a lot and it is painful.
  • For babies, one of the most common symptoms of UTI is an unexplained fever.
  • In addition, the baby may be crying while peeing, the urine may be smelly, there could be spots of blood in the urine and the child may be fussy and even vomit and refuse to eat.

Not all babies have a fever, though. Sometimes; smelly urine and a fussy baby, for example, can be the only symptoms.

Another possible illness to worry about when it comes to frequent urination is diabetes. However, in such case, the peeing will be combined with other signs of illness, such as increased thirst, increased appetite, sudden weight loss, and a breath that has a special “sweet” smell. If your baby has any of these other symptoms, definitely visit a doctor. Diabetes needs to be treated! It is, however, rare in babies.

So as you can see, passing urine often is not on its own one of the most common symptoms of urinary tract infection or diabetes in babies. It is more likely just a normal “baby behavior” because he or she is feeding quite often and has no bladder control.

You can check out these other Q&As on babies that pee often:

I hope this helps,
Paula

P.S. Here are two excellent reference books for baby health issues and injuries:

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  1. Vidya

    My 8 year child often passes urine within ten to fifteen minutes gap….y is it so….is this normal.

    1. Hi Vidya,
      For how long has this been going on? Your child may have a urinary tract infection or an overactive bladder. There is also a condition called pollakiuria, which is basically when a child pees very frequently during daytime only. I think you should take your child to the doctor. An untreated urinary tract infection can spread to the kidneys, so this needs to be ruled out. The reasons for an overactive bladder should also be investigated. While most children simply grow out of an overactive bladder, it is still important to find out the underlying causes, if possible.

      Good luck, and let us know what you found!

  2. Rajesh Kolla

    My Baby 45 days old he passes urine 15 times per day. any problem?

    1. Hi Rajesh,

      Being that young, peeing often is more likely to be a good sign of him feeding enough. :-)

  3. Nirmal Kumar

    My baby girl is 9 months old since today she is passing urine very frequently i.e. within 1/2 an hour. She earlier had a UTI at the age of 6 months. She is otherwise happy and active and feeding well. Is she normal or have any problem?