Waiting for baby to pee

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By 2017-12-17

By The New Mom

A series of personal posts that are shared in hopes that they will help every new parent on their exciting journey.

Wet Nappies
This is my baby's used nappy bucket, which I didn't care for much before. But it all changed in just one day. When my little one was around two months old, there was a day when she didn't pass urine from 3.00p.m. or so onwards until around 10.00p.m. I remember that by the time it was around 8.00p.m. that day I was scared out of my mind. I couldn't get through to our paediatrician and I kept calling my husband frantically every half hour or so to tell him she hadn't wet a nappy yet. Then when I started reading up on mum-f

orums and baby sites, they were all very clear about taking an infant to hospital immediately if she hadn't passed urine in over six to eight hours because it could be a severe urine/bladder infection, or a problem with her kidneys. I was praying, almost crying for her to wet a nappy by then because I was so worried. I kept her in cloth nappies the whole time because then I'd know for certain when she had wet herself. When it was around 9.30-9.45p.m., out of utter desperation, I opened the tap on my bathroom sink just enough for it to make that gurgling sound of running water and held my daughter next to it for a few minutes. And FINALLY she peed. Finally, I had my wet nappy! I never thought I could be that ecstatic over the feel of urine until that day. But, there I was, celebrating its flow. Also what I found out later was that sometimes when the weather is extremely warm, babies tend to sweat out more water and, as a result, won't pass urine as often and I don't need to tell you how bad Sri Lankan weather can get. However, in any case if your baby isn't seriously dehydrated, the urine will be a very pale yellow, as it generally is, and not concentrated. My little ones' was fine that day. But if it is ever dark yellow/orange and is passed infrequently in small quantities then it's best to take her to the hospital or her paediatrician immediately.

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