As a new mum, you may get worried about your baby not weeing as much as he's expected too.

Normally, babies tend to pee between four and six times per day, so when those numbers drop, it could be a sign of an underlying health issue.

Aren't your little one's nappies as wet as they used to be? Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about your baby not urinating enough.

 

Baby not weeing: What signs sould I look for? 

Your baby not weeing for more than six hours is a pattern that should put you on alert since, as said above, children usually have the need to urinate at intervals of around 2 hours. In addition, if your child doesn't pee much, you should look for other symptoms such as:

  •  Fever
  • Concentrated urine
  • Fatigue
  • General discomfort and fussiness
  • Dry mouth and lack of tears when crying
  • Oedema
  • Rash

 

Why is my baby not weeing enough?

There are many reasons that could explain why your munchkin is staying dry most of the time. That's why, when trying to answer such a question, you should consider the following different factors:

  • Lack of fluids: your child may not be dampening his nappies as much, because he needs more fluids. You should wonder if there's been a change in the daily intakes or if his body just demands extra milk or water, in case the baby is already having solids.

  • Fever: babies who have high fevers tend to sweat a lot and, as result, lose fluids from their bodies that they don't need to remove by peeing.

  • Hot weather: is your newborn baby not peeing? Well, what time of the year is it? If it's summer, your little one could be just suffering from high temperatures. The more he sweats, the less he'll need to urinate.

  • Diarrhoea: watery depositions can also decrease the level of liquid in our bodies. If your baby has episodes of diarrhoea and isn't filled up on fluids properly, he may not urinate as much as usual.

  • Urinary tract infection (UTI): if, besides peeing less, your child experiences some pain when urinating, feels shaky and has a fever, he may be coping with some problem related to his urinary system, such as urinary tract infection (UTI). However, this is much more common among adults.

  • Kidney failure: another possibility is that your child's kidneys aren't working well, not being able to control the water levels of his body and remove wastes through urine. If that's the case, your little one could show symptoms such as a fever, diarrhoea, rash, oedema and bloody urine.

  • Nappy absorption: of course, there's also the option that nothing's going wrong. Keep in mind that some disposable nappies soak up the urine very efficiently, which can lead to think that the baby isn't peeing enough.

 

Baby not weeing: What can I do about it?

What should you do about your baby not weeing? Well, for a start, keep track of how many times a day he pees. If he goes below what's normal, check one of his dirty nappies. If there are minimal signs of pee, feel it inside: if the nappy is warm and smells urine, your baby is doing his needs. If the nappy doesn't resolve your doubts, you can try wrapping your child in a swaddling cloth and waiting for about two hours. If he pees, the cloth will reveal it! 

Once you confirm that your child isn't peeing regularly, you have to increase the number of times you breastfeed or bottlefeed him a day. If he happens to be more than 6 months old, you can also give him mineral water or natural fruit juice to make up for the lost fluids. Don't forget to look for other symptoms like diarrhoea and fever, which can have an impact on the baby's pee, as pointed out above. 

 

If your child keeps not wetting his nappies after a week of having extra liquids, you should take him to the doctor so that he can rule out any anomaly. Also, don't hesitate to contact your paediatrician if your munchkin shows signs of dehydration or urinary tract infection (UTI).

 

To sum up, your baby not weeing is hardly ever caused by serious complications. However, it's important to keep an eye on it, so that he can get the amount of liquid his body needs and, at the same time, avoid further problems, like dehydration. Up to this point, you maybe didn't think that your baby dampening a nappy was good news (or, at least, exciting news), but as you can see, it's more than necessary!

 

Need help? Ask other mummies in CaptainMums' forum!

 

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