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Old 07-21-2007, 09:04 PM   #1
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3YO boy with potty issue. . . (NOT TRAINING ISSUE)

Ok, my 3.5 YO is peeing ALL the time, and just little bits. . . . is it an UTI? He is saying he has to go every 30 minutes and if you tell him to wait he starts freaking out. . . no real streams, just trinkles . . . HELP!

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Sounds like it could be a UTI- it is more likely if he is uncirc from what I understand, but can definitely happen at any age to any boy or girl, and they do have to "go" frequently. Ask him if it "tickles" or if it "hurts" when he pees too. (I say tickle instead of itch because they dont' really know the difference at 3yo and they will say no to itch and yes to tickle or the other way around) if it does, call the ped and it is very possible that it is a UTI, but they will have him pee in a cup when he gets there, so if you do not think he can do it there, try and get him to do it at home and take it in! (we spent 2 HOURS at a ped office once waiting on a child to pee!)
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Old 07-21-2007, 09:27 PM   #3
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Re: 3YO boy with potty issue. . . (NOT TRAINING ISSUE)

From what my Ped. has told me a UTI in a child is almost always accompanied by a fever.

My son does the same thing you are explaining. But he calls it "pee magic" He likes to only pee a little at a time. He has learned to stop midstream and likes holding it. I hope it is nothing more
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He told me it does NOT feel weird. . . and that it doesnt feel like he has to go a lot just some. . . it has been going on for about a week now, mostly when we go out. . . .

but it is freaking me out big time. . .
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Is he newly PL? Is going potty still novel to him? My nephew must've made me stop 13x on our 1.5 hr. trip to the mall.
If you suspect UTI, you could also buy test strips from a pharmacy (AZO brand is usually near the yeast infection treatment/tampons). Might help to set that fear aside before going to the dr.
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It's mostly when you go out? Could be that he just really likes public restrooms, the change of scenery and all. Or if he is new to being trained, or even not, he may just know that if he says he has to go he gets your full attention. If it doesn't hurt when he goes and he doesn't have a fever then it wouldn't likely be a UTI, those hurt alot. There is a very very small chance that it is a neurological thing, but I seriously doubt it. It's more than likely a phase.
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my son (4 1/2) has just gone through the same thing (for the second time) - he just feels the need to pee very frequently, but it isn't associated with any pain or discomfort. Took him to his ped who said that there was no infection (he was tested for it and nothing) and she said that it could just be an anxiety thing. I tend to agree as, now, it's tapering off and he's getting back to normal. We noticed that if he ws busy at preschool, playing on the beach etc, he would forget about it and not need to go. And he would never have to get up in the night either. I just sort of went with it, and let him go whenever he needed without drawing any extra attention to it. He did find it a bit frustrating though, but it is passing.
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if it doesn't feel weird and its mostly when you are out and about, he is probably just checking out the bathrooms. My Oldest STILL does this at 8!! He just wants to see if there is anything cool in the bathroom.
(one place had an awesome sink, I do have to admit, and I would have never seen it if it weren't for him)
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Did you know you can buy a UTI test from drugstores like longs? They're like pregnancy tests, they come in a strip to dip or one held midstream. I have used them for my daughter. They detect bacteria in urine, or maybe nitates. Helped ease my mind.
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My dd does that. She just pees a lot. But, she definately does it a lot when we're in public. She likes all the automatic sinks and toilets. They're cool ya know!
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