Can babies pee too much or too often?
Let’s take a look at possible causes of frequent urination in babies.
My baby passes urine very frequently and I am worried that she is ill. She is 4 months old and actually passes urine 2 to 3 times within half an hour! Can a baby pee too much? What could be the problem and what should I do about it? Please help me!
Frequent Urination In Babies – Problem Or Not?
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Since babies have no bladder control and a small bladder, it is most often completely normal that a baby passes urine frequently. However, frequent urination in babies can also sometimes be a sign of illness. I’ll walk through the different reasons here in more detail.
1. Normal Frequent Urination in Babies
As I said, frequent urination in babies is actually most often a sign of a well-hydrated, well taken care of baby with a healthy bladder.
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!
2. Signs of Urinary Tract Infection in Infants
One possible worry that might come to mind when a baby pees 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:
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. Some babies will develop diarrhea or a diaper rash that won’t go away.
Not all babies have a fever. Sometimes; smelly urine and a fussy baby, for example, can be the only symptoms.
3. Type 1 Diabetes
Another possible illness to worry about when it comes to frequent urination is type 1 diabetes. However, in such cases, 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, and usually occurs after the age of 6 months. Before 6 months of age, there is a rare form of diabetes called neonatal diabetes. The symptoms are similar to type 1 diabetes but it has different causes. I have included an article about the condition among the references below. It should be noted that type 1 diabetes is much more common than neonatal diabetes.
The video below explains common and less common symptoms of type 1 diabetes and includes families talking about their children’s experiences from having diabetes.
What to do if a Baby is Passing Urine Very Frequently?
So as you can see, a baby peeing a lot 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.
Nevertheless, since you are worried, and moms know their babies the best, I think you should consult a doctor or a health nurse to discuss the matter.
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I hope this helps,
P.S. Here are two excellent reference books for baby health issues and injuries:
- My Child Is Sick!: Expert Advice for Managing Common Illnesses and Injuries
- Caring for Your Baby and Young Child by The American Academy of Pediatrics