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    My son is 5. Monday afternoon, he started to go to the bathroom a lot, multiple times an hour. He also woke up 4-5 times during the night to go. He said it did not hurt. Tuesday at school (3 hours) his teacher said he had gone to the bathroom 6 times. On the way home I had to pull over twice so he could go. Yesterday afternoon I brought him to the pediatrician, and his urine analysis was completely normal. She said he did not have a UTI and scheduled is for a recheck in three days. Last night I slept in his room to keep an eye on him. He woke up to urinate 8 times, and wet the bed a little bit once. Not typical for him at all.

    The pedi mentioned diabetes, but there were no ketones or glucose in his urine. He has been eating and drinking ( mostly eating) a lot more than normal though for the past 2-3 weeks. He is acting completely normal though.

    I am going to call the pediatrician as soon as they open today to bring him back in. Last night was brutal.

    Anyone have experience with something similar? I am assuming the pedi will want to run bloodwork, but I am not sure if I should specifically ask for something else.

    Maybe I am overreacting. I just have a gut feeling something more is going on.y husband is very concerned also, which isn't like him.
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    Everything I was going to say, you already mentioned. Poor little guy, hope you figure something out. He will probably order labs. Good Luck :sunshine:

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    I think you are doing the right thing. One thing it could be, if there's no physical reason, is stress/anxiety. My ten year old pees all the time if he's anxious or stressed, or even if his body is stressed(he just broke his arm and needed surgery on Saturday, lots of peeing). But if he sees a scary movie or is worried he is constantly peeing. So it's something to look into if you cannot find a physical problem. I hope it resolves quickly for you all.

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    If he's consitpated and not having a bm, it can make the colon really full and that constantly presses on the bladder, causing urgency and frequent amounts of small urination. My stepson had this for years before he came to live with us and I truly think it was due to stress and emotional issues for him. He had to be on miralax for several months to normalize. Anyway, is he having regular bm's?
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    I think I remember that Cushings will cause them to urinate frequently and will also increase eating/drinking. Have them check his cortisone levels

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    I try not to be an alarmist, but I would have them check for Diabetes Insipidus, and also Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis. One of my friend's DD has both of these, and the symptoms started with VERY frequent urination. Diabetes Insipidus is not the same as Diabetes, but can be very serious. Because my friend's DD had both the DI and the LCH, she ended up needing to have chemo and other treatments as well. She is doing well now, but will always be on meds, and having regular check-ups to make sure that the LCH stays at bay.


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    Are they culturing his UA? A regular UA can show neg, but positive for a UTI or kidney infection when cultured. We went through this w/DD#2 and even though the ER Dr had her medical background, he misdiagnosised her and refused to culture her UA. Turns out she had a severe kidney infection. It started w/her just peeing way more often than normal for a couple of weeks. At the time, she was drinking a lot more water, so it was initially attributed to that. We pay more attention when any of our kids start peeing a ton, since DH has diabetes.

    Hopefully there is an answer to explain why (maybe it is just stress?) and I pray it's nothing serious. Update on what's going on w/him if you can.

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    I would pretty much second all of the PP suggestions. I hope you get to the cause soon!!!

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    I would like to invoke Occam's Razor on this one. If all tests come back within normal limits, trust your pediatrician.

    Is he drinking caffeine?



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    He went to the Pedi this morning. They did send off for a urine culture, but we have not received the results yet. She did start him on antibiotics. He does have constipation issues off and on, but is on Miralax and has had BM's yesterday and today. He is still acting completely normal, other than the urgency to urinate frequently. And no, no caffine :) We did a finger prick, and his glucose level was 92. Still lost....
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    Pediatricians are experts in normal childhood illnesses/conditions. When there is no answer and still symptoms he should see a specialist. First a pediatric nephrologist and then a pediatric endocrinologist. They will order tests/labs that your pediatrician isn't familiar with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiggermom View Post
    Pediatricians are experts in normal childhood illnesses/conditions. When there is no answer and still symptoms he should see a specialist. First a pediatric nephrologist and then a pediatric endocrinologist. They will order tests/labs that your pediatrician isn't familiar with.
    Thank you. The results from the urine culture should be back tomorrow. If all is negative still, and the problem persists through tonight & tomorrow, we will. I will probably call and make an appointment in the moning just in case we need it.

    I hate to overreact, but it just seems so odd.
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    I think it is always better to over react than under react, especially where a child is concerned.

    I hope you get some answers, and some rest very soon!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by JennMarie View Post
    If he's consitpated and not having a bm, it can make the colon really full and that constantly presses on the bladder, causing urgency and frequent amounts of small urination. My stepson had this for years before he came to live with us and I truly think it was due to stress and emotional issues for him. He had to be on miralax for several months to normalize. Anyway, is he having regular bm's?
    We went to urologist...same thing...my daughter was constipated and making her have bladder issues. We upped the fiber and all is good now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvmycuties View Post
    We went to urologist...same thing...my daughter was constipated and making her have bladder issues. We upped the fiber and all is good now.
    We have been doing the Miralax, but (TMI) today he had 5 loose BM's. I don't think he is constipated. Or maybe he was, and tomorrow his baldder will improve?
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    I hope you get an answer from the doc. I know if it frustrating & scary when you dont know what is wrong with a child & how to help them.

    The only time I have experienced this with a child we did need to see a pediatric nephrologist and/or urologist. The boy was 4 and had HSP (Henoch-Schonlein purpura) , but if this is the case you will usually see spots on the skin that can look like bug bites or bruises.

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    JT, how is your son? Did you ever get any answers? Did it resolve on its own?


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    I would love to know how he is doing and if you got an answer, as well!

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    Thank you both for asking :)

    The urologist said it is mpat likely bladder spasms. We have a follow up appointment in 3 weeks. We chose not to put him on meds because of the questionable safety of the meds in kids. He is still having the problem, but is learning to realize that just because it feels like he needs to go doesn't mean he really needs to. I still feel awful for him.
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    I've been thinking a lot about him too! Poor kiddo - it must be so hard for a 5yo to need so much body awareness when the urge to go hits him. I hope it eases and he won't need to take meds. Good luck!!

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