Why hasn't ( and how bad is it) my baby peed in 12 hours? UPDATE

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Posted: 7/27/2013 5:34:15 AM
I just noticed that my 6 mo. old woke up with a dry diaper. She came home from daycare yesterday with a dry diaper, I changed her about 7, then again at about 930 and both times they were dry. Then I woke up awhile ago to feed her and change her diaper and its still dry from last night! So the last wet diaper she had was sometime at daycare yesterday, before 5.

She nursed 3 times after work and woke up 3 times in the night to eat. After 3 times of eating in the night her diaper is usually full to almost overflowing!

She had shots on Tuesday and has been kinda cranky with Thursday night being awful.

I am reading conflicting things on google and our ped office isn't open on Saturdays. I think they do have an after hours answering service though.

Update: after I nursed her about an hour ago she peed and then a short while later when I was getting her dressed to go to urgent care she peed again! So I am not sure what the problem was but she has gone twice now in about 1/2 hour. So now I am not sure if I should take her. Maybe see if she has several more wet diapers in the next couple hours?



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Posted: 7/27/2013 5:50:14 AM
12+ hours is too long. Call the after hours line at least.
Since you don't know for sure when her last wet diaper was at day care let them know that.

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Posted: 7/27/2013 5:56:01 AM
Call the after hours line for your pediatrician. You can also call a nurse line if your insurance offers one.


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Posted: 7/27/2013 7:24:23 AM
12 hours is too long. Call the after care line or the doctor on call. That would worry me.


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Posted: 7/27/2013 7:26:48 AM
I don't know what that could be, an infection maybe? But I'd be on the phone in a heartbeat. That's too long for a baby whose only food is liquid.

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Posted: 7/27/2013 7:26:54 AM
Look into urgent cares in your area. Nurse line had me take my then 2 year old in ASAP after 10 hours.

She had a nasty UTI. The doctor bribed her to go potty in order to get a sample to test.


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Posted: 7/27/2013 7:59:46 AM
My 1-year-old woke up in the morning with a dry diaper last week, too- scared the pants off me because, like your little one, his is usually overflowing! But then he went big poop and has been completely normal ever since.

But in your situation I would call your doctor's office and talk to whoever's on call. It sounds like your baby's situation has been going on even longer than overnight.

And just FYI- most walk-in clinics around here (like at Walgreens and CVS) won't take babies under two years old, so check before you think that's an option.

Good luck!


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Posted: 7/27/2013 8:12:41 AM
Way too long for anyone, especially a baby. Plus if she has been feeding normally, she shouldn't be dehydrated. Call someone ASAP!!!



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Posted: 7/27/2013 8:20:01 AM
I called the nurse line at the ped office and she said she wasn't dehydrated based on wet mouth, tears, soft spot not sunken in and no distended belly. She told me to wait a few more hours, until 10am and then go to urgent care if she still hasn't peed. I think I will go over at 9 when they open. Thanks!!!



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Posted: 7/27/2013 9:16:14 AM
Yes, also look for dry lips. When my 11 month was dehydrated he was licking his lips just looking for something wet.

Our urgent cares usually refer us to the ped urgent care or hospital that young.

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Posted: 7/27/2013 9:58:16 AM
That happened once with my ds and he went like 16 hours. Scared the bejeebers out of us! He had drank his normal amount and had no infection.


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Posted: 7/27/2013 10:15:43 AM
As long as you have the option to go to Urgent care later, I think you can watch her. Does she appear distressed when she pees? Does she have a fever? Is she crabby? My vote would be to watch her for the next few hours and then decide, IF she is otherwise alert, comfortable, playing and acting normally. To gain peace of mind, you could call her on-call pediatrician.


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Posted: 7/27/2013 10:30:52 AM
I would still go. An infection is still possible and it takes a lot of body-energy for a baby to fight off an infection. They could possibly tell if there is an infection by a white blood cell count.

Rather by safe than sorry.

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Posted: 7/27/2013 11:32:07 AM
hi- even with the update, I would call. there has to be something going on for your baby not to pee in 12 hours.
Even with drinking liquids, one can get dehydrated or as others have said, a uti.

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Posted: 7/27/2013 11:50:42 AM
I would take my daughter in anyway along with those 2 recently wet diapers - they probably can use them to weigh how much urine she's put out since day care yesterday by comparing them to a dry diaper. In fact, you can do that if you have a kitchen scale that would measure smaller weights.

It's super-extremely rare, but I have a friend who lost her 8mo daughter due to urinary reflux - it would back up in her urinary tract and led to a massive infection that was mis-diagnosed during 2 ER visits. In their case, it turns out that they found a genetic urinary issue in their family that even the older 3yo daughter had - not diagnosed until their sweet baby's overwhelming infection.

So, unless your dd has started peeing up a storm this am, I would be taking her in for an evaluation. Better to be safe than have something treatable missed.


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Posted: 7/27/2013 1:24:49 PM
My dr always says if its been more than 24 then to start worrying hope that helps.

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Posted: 7/27/2013 1:36:49 PM
I would still take her. there may be something they can do, like test the urine in her diapers.


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Posted: 7/27/2013 2:28:40 PM
I tell parents to watch for tears, wet mouth. If less than 3 wet diapers in 24 hours, I need to see them. Just saw a little one on Wednesday that would not drink anything or nurse for Mom. Filled a medicine syringe with Pedialyte and she took every drop I squirted in her mouth like a little bird. You know your baby the best. If she is not herself, I'd err on the side of caution and take her in!
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Posted: 7/27/2013 8:14:44 PM
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Posted: 7/27/2013 8:58:17 PM
Well baby has had 6 wet diapers since about 930 am or so, one every 2 or so hours. She is eating regularly, happy, smiling, her same ole self and no fever all day. I'm going to keep track of diapers through the night to see if they continue. If not, we can go to urgent care tomorrow also.

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