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Mom’s Question:

My 10 months old baby is urinating blood. I took him to the doctor and they did a urine test and a blood test… but we’re waiting for the results right now… Can anyone help me ease my anxiety? I need to know what can be wrong.

A week ago he had diarrhea and vomited… Fever at times and loss of appetite… but my husband and I got the gastro so we thought he had the gastro too… Now I see blood in the urine and freaking out…

Maria


Easy Baby Life:

Reasons for Blood in Baby’s Urine

Possible Reasons When a Baby is Urinating Blood

The medical term for blood in urine is hematuria. Blood in the urine comes from some part of the urinary tract; from the kidneys all the way down to the urethra, and it is important to find out what is causing the bleeding. You did completely right to take your baby to the doctor and have the tests run.

In babies, a urinary tract infection can be the reason for blood in the urine, but there may be other reasons too, such as problems with the kidneys, some blockage, or from taking antibiotics.

Dehydration may sometimes also lead to blood in the urine, but usually associated with exercising, so this is not likely to be relevant for your baby.

You should know, however, that quite often no reason can be found, and all serious underlying reasons are ruled out.

Since there are many reasons for blood in a baby’s urine, doctors do exactly what your baby’s doctor is doing right now; running a number of tests to find out the cause. In addition to blood and urine tests, ultrasound examination or x-rays may be proposed.

What Does Blood in Baby Urine Look Like and What Does it Mean?

The color of the blood indicates where the blood is coming from.

Pink or red blood usually derives from the lower urinary tract (the bladder or urethra), while brown, tea- or cola-colored blood is more likely to derive from the kidneys.

Often when it comes to babies, a parent may notice blood in the diaper without knowing exactly where it came from.

Newborn babies, for example, often have pink stains in their urine during their first few days of living; something that often scares the parents. However, in this case, the pink stains are not blood, but urate crystals. Completely normal in newborn babies. You can read more about newborn baby urine habits here.

Newborn female babies may also have a mini-period; affected by their mom’s hormones. Newborn boys may have surface bleeding from a circumcision.

The blood can also come from the rectum, from a small crack for example. To learn more about blood in a baby’s poop, read here.

What to Do?

First of all, you did exactly the right thing when you took your baby to the doctor. While blood in a baby’s urine doesn’t have to be serious, as pointed out above, it should certainly to sorted out.

In any case, while waiting for test results can be pure torture, there isn’t much point in speculating about what may be causing the blood in your baby’s urine. If your baby seems overall healthy, is wetting his diapers just as usual, and is in no pain, chances are that the test results will come out completely normal and you will never really know what caused the bleeding.

The best thing you can do in the meantime is to try to relax and focus on how lovely your little boy is. Worrying and imagining the worst is not going to help him or yourself at all. He will be picking up on your anxiety. You are far better to fill your days with love and fun activities and focus on what you do have control over until the results are in.

All the best,
Paula

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Jan 06, 2019blood urine
by: Anonymous
My daughter is 19 months and her urine I just notice has slight color red. I’m not sure what it is. but she has a doctor’s appointment tomorrow do you think she will be ok? as of now she ok and active.

Jan 17, 2019Blood in the Urine
by: Thianlal
My son who is just more than 1 and a half years old one day passed out a blood-like liquid. We are all worried and shocked as this kind of case never happen before. We went to a doctor and he prescribed an antibiotic (Vizi-Cefixime), another liquid to clean the urine, and advised us to let the baby drink a lot of water including Oral Dehydration syrup. He already passes twice. We are worried. Please help us.

Jan 17, 2019Blood in the urine is not OK!

by: Paula (Baby Help Line)


If your son is not improving by the medication, you really have to take him back to the doctor – or another doctor – immediately. Babies should not pee blood, and he might have an infection that requires other medication than the one you just tried. Don’t give up! Make sure you find a doctor who takes the situation seriously.

Paula


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