Understanding Urine Tests for Children

iStock-498573772.jpgIf you aren’t aware of what a urine test does, it can be somewhat unnerving when a doctor orders one for your child. A doctor will typically order a urine test for a child to ensure the kidneys and other organs are functioning properly. Also, if your child’s doctor believes he or she has a kidney, bladder or urinary tract infection, a test may be ordered as well. If your child’s urine contains glucose, protein or other irregularities, it could indicate a health problem that needs medical attention.

What Is A Urinalysis?

If your child’s doctor believes he or she is suffering from a urinary tract infection, more commonly called a UTI, a urinalysis can help provide certain numbers needed for an accurate diagnosis. A urinalysis will measure the following presence:

  • Red and white blood cells
  • Bacteria or other organisms
  • Substances, such as glucose
  • pH, which is an indicator of the acidity of the urine

Considerations

If the tests reveal your child’s urine contain white blood cells or protein, it may be a result of how or when the urine was collected. For instance, the urine of a child that is dehydrated may be darker than usual and contain small amounts of protein. However, this is not necessarily an indication of health problems. The doctor will be able to determine the levels of protein and whether or not further testing is required.

How Is A Urinalysis Done?

Your child will usually be asked to urinate in a clean container in order to perform this test. Once this is completed, a nurse will place a small plastic strip with chemicals on it into the urine. This strip will change colors depending on what is present in the urine. If the strip reveals the presence of specific cells, the urine may be sent to a lab for a urine culture.

If you believe your child is suffering from a UTI or other health problem, consider taking him or her in for a urinalysis. At Medical City Children’s Urgent Care, our technicians are highly qualified and will treat your child with the utmost care.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.

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