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by Preethi
(Banglore,India)

My daughter is 10 months old. She is passing small amounts of urine 3-4 times a day. Is that ok? It seems to me that she is not peeing often enough. How can I know if this is normal or not? Do I need to give her more to drink?
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How To Know If A Baby Pees Enough

Hi Preethi,
As long as your daughter’s urine is pale in color (not dark yellow or orange) and not smelly, she is likely to pee enough. Other indications that your baby is not getting the liquid she needs are if she appears to have a dry mouth or eyes and if she is weak and without energy.

If you’re worried, try offering her water a bit more often. Even just a small sip, but frequently, will make her consumption increase quite a lot compared to drinking only at meals. A 10-month baby who has learned to move around one way or the other, may not “have time” to sit still and eat for a very long time. In addition to offering water, safe finger foods that contain liquid, such as fruits and vegetables are are also a great way to get the active baby to eat and drink enough. You can find ideas on finger foods here.

As far as I know there are no real golden rules on how often a baby should be peeing, it is very individual. However, one guideline I see sometimes is that a baby should have at least four wet diapers per day, but preferably between 6 and 8 heavy diapers per day. But this guideline is usually for newborn babies, older babies have a larger bladder, of course. Another guideline is that babies younger than 12 months, shouldn’t go longer than 6 hours without urinating or it may indicate dehydration. For babies older than 12 months, this time frame is extended to 12 hours. My guess is that again if the urine is pale and mild smelling and your daughter has not had any particular problems in this area before, she is likely to be fine. But if you’re really concerned it is always better to talk to a paediatrician.

Another thing – is your girl off diapers? Otherwise it might be that she actually does pee more often, but only small amounts, so that you don’t notice all the times she actually passes urine.

Hope this helps!

Paula

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Jul 16, 2012

more urine

by: bharathi.v


my girl baby is 9 months she is passing urine daily 30times it is ok?

Baby Help Line: Babies do in general pass urine often until they start to develop bladder control, especially as long as milk in the mail part of their diet. If your baby is happy and thriving, everything is likely to be fine.


Dec 29, 2012

My Baby pass urine always
by: Rakesh


My Boy baby is 4 Month old. He always pass urine. He pass 5 times urine Every 30 Minutes if he is awake. Is this is good for my baby’s health?


Apr 25, 2013

my baby is 12 months old passing urine only 2 times any problem
by: Esther


My baby is 12 months old passing urine only 2 times any problem?

Baby Help Line: Hi Esther, Please look at the guidelines above to assess whether your baby has a problem or not. Also, a drastic and rapid change in urination frequency could indicate a problem. In such case, I think you should take your baby to a doctor, to rule out any illness or blockge.


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    Hai this is kamala my baby is 5month and from past 6 day he pees only 4 or 5 times in 24 hours and the colour of the pee is dark yellow i didn’t see any dehydration symptoms also he had flu so I am giving him flu medicine otherwise he active behaving normal everything is fine here climate is very hot and he sweats a lot

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    Hi my son is 9 months old he pee after every 10 minutes while awake is it OK?

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    My baby is 4 months old.We took her to bangalore 5 days before and She is passing 5 times urine with in half an hour for past 3 days.Her weight also reduced now.Please let us know whether it is normal or any problem?

  4. Paula @easybabylife

    Oh, sorry, I now saw that your baby is 8 months old. Has she recently started to pee this often? In such case – I mean if it is a new pattern, you should take her to see a doctor, so there is not an infection.

    If you have already visited a doctor, please let me know how it went!

  5. Paula @easybabylife

    Hi Vineetha,
    How is your daughter doing? Passing urine that often can be normal or not. How old is she?

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    My son is 11months baby and he passes urine once or twice at night, please is this normal? I need your help.

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    My Baby is 7 th month old. He urinate around 20 times per day, in some cases 3 times per hour. Is it normal ? Please help me by giving opinion.

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    Hi my son baby is 7 months he is passing urine 4to 5 times daily is it fine r not

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    my 9 months old daughter suddenly starts passing urine every 15-20 minutes. She earlier had a UTI. Is it a matter of concern, please help.

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      pls consul with doctor

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