Is your newborn baby not peeing? Read this before worrying!
With a newborn baby, everything is – well – new, and there are so many things to worry and wonder about that we couldn’t even imagine before having the baby.
One thing that you probably didn’t think about is the peeing habits of newborn babies.
How often a newborn baby can be expected to pee actually changes rapidly during their first week of living. And so does the expected color of the pee!
Here is what to expect on your baby’s urine frequency and color during the first week of living:
How Often Should a Newborn Pee During The First Few Days After Being Born
A newborn baby doesn’t eat or drink much at all. During the first couple of days outside the womb, a baby will start out with drinking only very small amounts of breast milk or formula and hence will have no need to pee very much either.
- During your baby’s first 24 hours, it may very well be that your baby only urinates once.
- On day 2, you can probably expect 2 wet (but not very heavy) diapers. (If this means that your baby actually only peed twice or peed many times but only enough to wet two diapers, is impossible to know because a baby has no bladder control and may pee in very tiny amounts often.)
- On day 3 – 3 diapers.
- On day 4 – 4 wet diapers.
When checking your baby’s diapers during these first few days, you may also be surprised (or scared) by the color of the urine.
Newborn babies often produce pink or orange-colored urine. This is normal and NOT blood. (See a sample diaper below) The color is caused by urate crystals, a byproduct of bilirubin and completely normal. It can even be that you can see actual crystals or something resembling power, which is comprised of the crystals.
The intensity of the color is likely to level off quickly. If red-orange on the first day, the urine should be slightly more pale orange on day 2. The color will then continue to shift towards normal pale yellow urine color by day 5.
If the color of your baby’s urine is not becoming paler day by day, or if your baby’s peeing frequency isn’t increasing, your baby needs more fluid. Make sure you breastfeed on demand or offer formula more often. Also, check with your baby’s health care provider at any doubts about your newborn baby’s wellbeing.
Newborn Pee Habits From Day 5 And On
At around 5 or 6 days old, your baby is likely to have started breastfeeding (or formula feeding) more often and in greater amounts. By then, most babies will wet 6 to 8 heavy diapers per 24 hours.
Breastfed babies may also start pooping very frequently – even as often as after every feeding or more.
More about Newborn Babies
- Newborn Baby Appearance – What Is Normal And Not
- Newborn Baby Development Milestones
- All posts about newborn babies
Baby Care Book Tips
Here are two excellent reference books for baby health issues:
- 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
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