urine retention in a baby?

Jennifer - posted on 12/06/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My youngest is 14 months old, and has started holding her pee. She still has wet diapers during they day, but they aren't very wet. Her little belly gets hard, and very big. Then at night, she pees a ton. I have to put the huggies overnight diapers on her, and even then she still soaks through occasionally. I still rock her to sleep, so I know she doesn't pee the second she falls asleep, it is sometime in the middle of the night. I don't know if I should be concerned or not about this, because her belly does get smaller by the morning, and she does go so much at night, but I don't want her getting an infection from not going enough during the day. Has anyone else ever delt with this? She goes to the doc in a couple weeks for her 15 month well check, and I was planning on talking to her about this then, but should I call sooner?

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Iridescent - posted on 12/07/2011

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I agree, call sooner. Some kids have a problem where when they are awake/fully conscious, they're unable to release their urinary sphincters correctly. This can cause damage to the bladder and kidneys long term, and if it's what is happening may be treatable. Lots of things can cause it, even in children that aren't newborns, including a tethered spinal cord. Sometimes it's the only clue, and only the parent would notice this symptom.

Katherine - posted on 12/06/2011

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I would call sooner. Just the way you describe her bladder getting hard and her stomach getting distended worries me. She could already have an infection.

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