A urine test checks the colour, clarity (clear or cloudy), odour, concentration, and acidity (pH) of your child's urine. It also checks the levels of protein, sugar, blood cells, or other substances in the urine. This test is sometimes called a urinalysis.
A urine test may be done:
A urine test can be done in your doctor's office, clinic, or lab. Or you may be asked to collect a sample of your child's urine at home. Then you can take it with you to the office or lab for testing. Either you or your child can collect the sample.
If your child is very young or a baby, you can use a special plastic bag with tape around its opening instead of a collection cup. The bag is placed around the child's genitals until he or she urinates. Then you carefully remove the bag.
This method collects the urine the body is making right now.
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have questions about the test.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines your child takes. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your child's test results.
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Current as of: October 14, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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