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Urination Pain

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Definition:

  • Pain, burning or stinging when passing urine
  • Also, suspect pain if your young child starts to cry while passing urine
  • The feeling of “can't wait” to pass urine may occur. This is called urgency.
  • Passing small amounts of urine (a few drops) at a time may also occur. This is called frequency.
  • Not caused by an injury to the genitals

Causes

  • Main Cause in Young Girls.  Bubble bath, shampoo or soap in bath water. Can cause the genital area to become red and sore.  This is called “soap vulvitis”.  It can cause pain when passing urine. Using a soapy washcloth can also be the cause. Vaginal itching or redness can also occur.
  • Any boy who has pain when passing urine needs his urine checked. Sometimes in young boys, the urine is normal. The pain can be caused by redness at the penis opening.  In teenagers, pain when passing urine can be from diseases spread during sex.
  • Bladder or kidney infections (urinary tract infections) are possible at any age.

Return to School

  • Even if your child has a bladder infection, it cannot be spread to others. Your child does not need to miss any school or child care.

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