First Aid

    Pain while peeing (urinating) can be caused by different things, including:

    • infection in the urinary tract
    • irritation or injury of the genital area
    • stones (small masses of minerals) in the urinary tract

    Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common cause of pain during peeing.

    Signs and Symptoms

    • burning or stinging with peeing
    • the urge to pee more often
    • bad-smelling, bloody, or discolored pee
    • fever or chills
    • decreased appetite or activity
    • irritability
    • nausea or vomiting
    • lower back pain or abdominal (belly) pain
    • wetting accidents (in potty-trained kids)

    What to Do

    • Call the doctor if your child has pain while peeing or can't pee.
    • Follow the doctor's treatment instructions.
    • Encourage drinking lots of water and other caffeine-free liquids.
    • Give acetaminophen or ibuprofen as needed for discomfort.

    Think Prevention!

    • Avoid bubble baths and perfumed soaps. Wash the genital area with only mild soap or lukewarm water.
    • Change soiled and very wet diapers right away.
    • Remind kids to go to the bathroom often.
    • Teach girls to gently wipe from front to back and make sure no tiny pieces of toilet paper get left behind.
    • Sexually active teens should get tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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