Frequency means urinating more often than usual. A child's
bladder is small and does not hold as much urine as an adult's bladder. For
this reason, frequent urination is common and is not necessarily a sign of a
Your child may urinate more frequently if he or
she drinks more fluid than usual. Irritation of the skin from a wet diaper or
contact with a chemical, such as soap or laundry detergent, can also cause
urinary tract infection, bacteria grow in the bladder
and irritate the bladder wall. This causes pain as soon as a very small amount
of urine reaches the bladder. You may find your child trying to urinate more
often than usual in an effort to soothe the pain. But your child will pass very
little urine because the bladder has only collected a small amount since the
last time he or she urinated.
Increased urination or new daytime
or nighttime wetting may also be a sign of a more serious problem, such as
diabetes. Other symptoms of diabetes include extreme
thirst, increased hunger, and weight loss.
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