My son's urine was really dark this morning?

Jessica - posted on 06/20/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Like the color of amber. Does that mean he isn't getting enough from me? Is he dehydrated? any ideas, am calling the doctor but they don't open unil 9:30 and I don't think its an emergency just bothersome and worrying.

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Renee - posted on 06/20/2011

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The normal urine is straw yellow in color. The straw yellow color is due to the presence of a pigment called urochrome in the urine. The color of urine is dependent of its concentration, food, and medicines. Dark urine could be normal urine or it may indicate some underlying disease.
Dark urine that is normal
There are a few conditions which can produce dark urine but still do not indicate any disease.
Concentrated urine – In hot and humid conditions, the body tends to conserve water and so the urine gets concentrated. The concentrated urine is dark in color. But sometimes concentrated urine may be due to dehydration due to other conditions like diarrhea.
Consumption of beetroots, blackberries, candies
Intake of medications like rifampicin, chloroquine and desferroximine
Dark urine that is abnormal
Persistent or repeated episodes of passing dark urine are abnormal. Dark urine is not specific to any particular disease. There are various conditions which can cause dark urine which include –
Jaundice – In obstructive jaundice, the bile pigments are excreted in the urine which impart a dark yellow color to the urine
Urinary tract infection - Painful urination which is also dark in color is indicative of urinary tract infection. The urine may cloudy or muddy and it may be offensive. If the infection involves the kidney, fever will also be present.
Blood in urine – Blood in urine also makes urine reddish or dark. It could be due inflammation of the kidney, destruction of hemoglobin or bleeding disorders. It could also be due to conditions like kidney stones or cancer involving the bladder.
Treatment
If the dark urine is due to the normal conditions mentioned above, there is no need for any treatment. If the dark is due to some underlying disease, the disease condition has to be treated. The treatment depends on the underlying cause. The tests that will give a clue to the disease that is causing dark urine include –
Complete blood count
Urine bile salts and pigments
Urine culture
Blood urea
Serum Creatinine
Ultarsound scan abdomen
Liver function test
Peripheral blood smear
These are some of the basic investigations to be done. Based of their reports various special investigations like renal biopsy and various antibody titers are done. Once the diagnosis is made, the treatment is directed towards that disease if ongoing

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Sonia - posted on 06/20/2011

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take him to doctors he could have a water infection! my son was 6 weeks old when is urine was dark and smelly and if i had not took him when i did he could of died and the hospital said he got 50-50 chance to live cos the infection backed into is kidneys and he had puss in them lucky he pulled through!! he is 24 now!! take him to doctors right away those sort of things cant let pass ya by!

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