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My Toddler Did Not Urinate for 6 hours – A Reason To Worry?
My 18 months old toddler did not urinate for 6 hours, is it wrong? I am worried that he is sick, but he seems ok. Should I contact the Dr or are there signs to look for that something is really wrong? He is happy.
Young Toddler Not Urinating – Normal or Not?
I agree with you that 6 hours seems like quite a long time for an 18-month-old child to not pee, at least if it was during day time. If he didn’t urinate for 6 hours at night and he doesn’t feed at night, it can be completely normal.
The general guideline for babies older than 12 months is that not peeing for 12 hours is a sign of dehydration, while for babies younger than 1 year, 6 hours with a dry diaper is a sign of dehydration. So your baby is definitely on the safe side if looking at general guidelines, but parents know their children best and of course, variations from child to child are big.
Some things to consider, to assess the situation:
- Did he eat and drink as usual during these hours?
- When he did urinate, was the pee light colored and with a mild smell? If the urine seems to be concentrated (dark yellow, sharp smell), then your son might simply need to drink some more water.
- Is he showing any signs of holding back? He could be holding back because it is painful to pee.
- Does he have any fever or any other sign of illness that could indicate for example a urinary tract infection?
- If he shows no other signs of illness, I wouldn’t worry too much, just make sure you offer him liquid on a regular basis. Even just a mouth full now and then is much better than nothing.
An 18-month-old baby is often very active and on the go, so it can sometimes be a bit difficult to get them to stop to eat or drink. You can provide him with a bottle or sippy cup of water to carry around and feed himself. (Just don’t put anything else than water in the bottle, to prevent cavities.
It is also possible that you are experiencing your son’s first signs of bladder control. Although quite early and 6 hours is a long time, it may be that he has been holding it a bit longer than usual on purpose. In such case, you can actually try showing him a potty and let him try it if he wants. You can go to the bathroom together. 🙂 No pressure, he is still very young, but some kids are interested early and then you can let the potty training come very slowly and naturally.
If your baby does seem ill, seems to be in any kind of pain, is not eating or drinking, has a fever, smelly urine or signs of blood in his urine, contact a doctor.
I hope this helps!
P.S. Here are two excellent reference books for baby health issues and injuries:
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