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Newborn Baby's Urine

Pay Attention to the Frequency and Color of Baby's Urine

This article explains about a newborn baby's urination.

If you're a first-time parent, it's important that you learn the basics about baby urination and bowel movements. You need to understand what's normal and what to expect when you are changing your newborn's diapers. Sometimes a change in your baby's urine or bowel movements may indicate a health issue or illness.

Within the first 24 hours after birth, a newborn baby may urinate only once. A week after birth, it's common for a baby to urinate as often as every one to three hours. Some infants urinate less frequently, and they only pee four to six times a day. If your child is ill or feverish, his or her urine output may decrease by half and this is still considered normal.

If you are using disposable diapers, it might be hard to tell how many times your baby has wet the diaper. You may consider placing a piece of toilet paper in the diaper to recognize urination. Cloth diapers make it easier for you to see wetness.

Frequency aside, urination should never cause your baby any pain. If you find that your infant is in pain or distress when urinating, you should call your pediatrician. This may be a sign of an infection or another urinary tract problem.

Color of Baby's Urine

Urine color is something else parents should pay attention to. Within the first day of life, a newborn's urine may be reddish-orange in color.

As the first days pass by, his or her urine will become paler and eventually turn to yellow. In a healthy baby, normal urine color may range from light to dark yellow. The darker your baby's urine color, the more concentrated his or her urine. Urine is more concentrated when your baby is not getting enough fluids. If this is the case, you should breastfeed or feed your baby formula more often.

In some situations, you may notice a pink stain on your baby's diaper. Don't freak out – this is probably not blood. This pink stain might be a sign of highly concentrated urine. As long as your infant has at least four wet diapers each day, you shouldn't worry too much. However, you should contact your pediatrician if you notice persistent pinkish staining in your child's diaper.

A bloody spot in your child's diaper is not normal, and it prompts an immediate call to the pediatrician. The presence of blood in your baby's urine may be a sign of a serious problem. Sometimes, however, it's caused by a small sore due to diaper rash. Call your baby's doctor just to be on the safe side.

If blood in your baby's diaper comes with other symptoms, such as bleeding in other areas of the blood or abdominal pain, you should take your baby to the emergency room or get medical attention immediately.