A Quick Guide To Puberty & Frequent Urination
Does Puberty Cause Frequent Urination?
Frequent urination is not uncommon and, in general, should not be cause for alarm in teenagers experiencing puberty and its associated hormonal fluctuations. However, it is worth knowing what signs to look out for when it comes to your child’s bladder health and general well-being.
What Is Puberty?
During puberty, teenagers experience a wide range of physical, emotional and psychological changes in their bodies. The hormones which are naturally released during puberty vary significantly between boys and girls, and how these hormones affect the individual is dependent on numerous factors such as age, health and personal development.
Boys typically start puberty between the age of 9 and 15, and girls start between the age of 7 and 13. In general, puberty is something each young person will experience, and one symptom that may occur is frequent urination.
Frequent Urination In Teenagers
Puberty can have an impact on your child’s bladder health. In most cases, this is due to changes in hormone levels that occur throughout the teenage years. As a result, some teenagers might experience various bladder issues, including:
- Frequent urination
- Bed-wetting (Nocturnal Enuresis)
- Urinary tract infections (UTI)
- Urinary incontinence
- Sports injuries or physical injury
Of all the major causes of frequent urination during puberty, a Urinary Tract Infection or (UTI) is one of the most common bacterial infections that occur during puberty. This is a condition where a person may have an increased urge to urinate; it is typically treated with antibiotics.
Bed-wetting through the teenage years is not uncommon as hormones change during puberty. Research suggests that teenagers may experience bed-wetting for multiple reasons including emotional and psychological factors such as hormonal imbalance, mood, trauma, diet, sleep routine, stress and anxiety. In certain cases, teenagers may sleep more deeply and not wake up in time for the bathroom.
Another cause of frequent urination or involuntary urination in teenagers is sporting injuries (running, gymnastics, high-impact sports) that may damage the pelvic floor muscles. Frequent urination can also be due to physical conditions such as teenage obesity, pressure on the bladder, constipation, hormone imbalance, cystic fibrosis or physical disability.
Frequent urination is not often a cause for concern, however, in teenagers, it can be symptomatic of a more serious health condition. If you are concerned your teenager is experiencing bladder health issues, consult with your general practitioner to discuss ongoing symptoms.
Frequent urination may be a sign of a urinary tract infection, diabetes, bladder cancer or endometriosis, so be sure to seek medical advice as needed.
Urinary Incontinence In Teenagers
Urinary incontinence is defined as the involuntary passing of urine and is also referred to as bladder weakness or an overactive bladder. This condition is not uncommon, with around 20,000 - 60,000 Australian teenagers experiencing some form of incontinence.
Urinary incontinence during puberty is unlikely to be caused by a severe medical condition with the kidneys or bladder. It is commonly occurring due to the brain not developing the appropriate control over bladder function.
If your teenager is experiencing frequent urination, urge control issues or any type of bladder incontinence, Ontex Healthcare has a range of junior continence products that are designed to manage the condition effectively. Each product in the range is comfortable, discreet and breathable, ensuring your teenager will not feel embarrassed whilst continuing with their usual daily routine.
Our junior range includes the Ontex Healthcare Comfy Junior Slip, the Comfy Junior Pants (4-7 years) and the Comfy Junior Pants (8-15 years). All products are dermatologically tested and work to provide optimal absorption. Frequent urination is nothing to be ashamed of and that is why Ontex Healthcare are here to help you and your teenager manage the symptoms and feel at ease.
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For concerns about your teenager’s general or bladder health during puberty, Ontex Healthcare recommends speaking to your family doctor.
3 Reasons Why Your Newborn Cries Before Urinating
Urinating should never be painful, even for newborns. Painful urination is usually a sign of an underlying medical condition. However, crying prior to urination is likely to be a form of communication and a newborn will normally urinate every one to three hours in the first few days. At any stage, crying before and during urination are two different things, and it is important to establish the difference. Let’s take a look at 3 possible reasons a newborn may cry before or during urination.
1. Pain or Discomfort
Newborns may cry while urinating because they are experiencing some level of discomfort. Paediatricians generally believe that this is normal; the bladder stretches as it fills up, putting pressure on the bladder. This should not be painful or cause for concern.
Aside from the natural process of sensing the urge to urinate, another more painful reason a newborn may cry is a nappy rash. A rash or skin irritation may make urinating uncomfortable and is sometimes known as diaper dermatitis. Nappy rash can cause discomfort due to the bacteria, and can also be caused by the material of the nappy.
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2. Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are quite common in babies, and could cause a newborn to cry out during urination due to pain and discomfort. Research shows that about 4% of babies will have a UTI in the first 12 months. At this age, boys get more UTIs than girls.
Here are some of the key signs your newborn may have a UTI:
- An unexplained fever
- Irritable and cry a lot
- Lack of appetite
- Seem unusually drowsy
- Poor weight gain
- A bloody nappy
3. Baby Elimination Communication (Natural Infant Hygiene)
Baby Elimination Communication (EC) or Natural Infant Hygiene is a form of toilet or potty training for infants. Parents listen and watch for the newborn to signal their need to urinate, often crying or fussing. This is a perfectly healthy alternative to using diapers and is not uncommon. With EC, your baby is simply communicating their need to urinate.
While some babies are able to communicate through different signals when they need to urinate, other cues might take careful observation. In addition to crying, a baby might signal their need to urinate by:
- Sudden fussiness or stillness
- Flailing or being agitated
- Unlatching while nursing
- Grunting, turning red, straining
- Restless while sleeping
If you have any concerns about your baby’s health, especially if your baby has a temperature, Ontex Healthcare recommends you speak to your doctor as soon as you can.
3 Reasons Why Your Child's Urine Might Smell
What Causes Urine To Smell In Younger Children & Babies?
Strong smelling urine is not always a cause for alarm. If your child or newborn is relatively healthy and well, there is likely a simple explanation for the strong smell.
The smell of a child or newborn's urine will change over time due to a variety of reasons including new foods, illness, medication, supplements and dehydration. A common and treatable reason especially in newborns is a Urinary tract infection (UTI).
Lifestyle, medical and genetic factors can cause problems for bladder health. In this article we will take a look at three of the main causes of strong-smelling urine in newborns and young children.
Lifestyle factors play a large role in the well-being of a child or newborns bladder health.
Urine is typically clear or pale yellow in colour (healthy) and has a mild smell. If you notice persistently strong-smelling urine, medical evaluation may be required to determine the cause. There are numerous reasons why someone's urine may have a strong smell:
- Dehydration - not drinking enough fluids
- Vitamin B6 supplements or Fenugreek can cause urine to smell strongly
- Certain medications/antibiotics (infant/child)
- Maternal medication (mother)
- Concentrated urine - often noticeable first thing in the morning
- Not getting enough breast milk
- Diet - eating certain foods whilst breastfeeding (onion, garlic, asparagus)
In certain cases where lifestyle factors are not applicable, it is important to consider medical reasons for strong-smelling urine as listed below:
- A Urinary Tract Infection - symptoms include discomfort, crying when passing urine, bloody urine and stomach pain
- Diabetes - (increased blood sugar) strong-smelling urine, constantly thirsty, and fatigue are all possible indicators of Type 2 Diabetes
- A genetic predisposition - certain genetic disorders can cause strong smelling urine, such as Trimethylaminuria
- Imbalanced pH of the vagina - the acidity or alkalinity of the urine
- Yeast infection - Candida infections
- Maple Syrup Urine Disorder (MSUD)
MSUD is a very rare disorder (1 in 185,000 children worldwide) that causes a child’s urine to smell like brown sugar or maple syrup. This is where an individual has difficulty breaking down certain amino acids.
If your child or baby has strong-smelling urine, it’s a good idea to get a doctor to examine the symptoms especially if a fever is present or if they seem to be behaving out of sorts. Other symptoms to watch out for include cloudy urine, edema, weakness, irritability, and dry mouth.
3. The Smell Of Ammonia
If you are changing your newborn's nappy, you might wonder why it smells slightly of ammonia (strong chemical smell). This is actually the normal waste from the kidneys and is not an immediate cause for concern.
The main causes of this strong smell are Bladder Stones, Dehydration, Food and UTI’s. Urine that smells of ammonia on occasion is not a reason to worry, especially if you notice it improves with daily fluid intake. However, if you notice your child or newborns urine continues to smell it could be a sign of infection.
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