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What causes dark yellow urine in a child?

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Dr. Diptanshu Das


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Posted on Fri, 11 May 2018 in Child Health
Question: My 4 month old boy is urine is dark yellow in the morning and also when i change the overnight diper i can see the yellow sting in its. However urine gets clean/colorless eventually in day and evening and night.

This is happening since 2/3 days.

Pls tell me whether its a matter of concern or nor.
Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Further details needed

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.

I have gone carefully through your query and understand your concerns. I would not worry about the color of urine. Rather, I would need to ask you about the frequency of passing urine. If the child passes urine at least 6 times in 24 hours, you need not worry and you can rest assured that the feed is adequate. I would also need to enquire whether the child is exclusively breast fed or formula fed. If the child is exclusively breast fed, you can assume that the amount of milk produced will automatically increase based on the requirements of the baby. However, I would need your inputs. Based on that I would be able to tell you whether there is a cause for concern.

Let me know and I would guide you accordingly. I would await your response.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
Follow up: Dr. Diptanshu Das 22 minutes later
baby is urinating nearly 12/14 times a day and mainly on formula. He is breastfeeded 2/3 times daily specially in early morning and before going to sleep at night. In the middle period he is very reluctant to feed from breast.

Also can you please let me know the standard quantity of milk per day. Normally he feeds approx 650-700 ml per day inclusive of breast feed.
Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das 3 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Try switching to breast milk exclusively

Detailed Answer:
They very fact that the child is passing urine more than 6 times a day indicates that feeding is adequate and you need not worry about the color of urine. Let me emphasize on the fact that breast milk is the best possible milk for a baby and there can be no alternatives for the same. Most formula milks are cow milk based and hence difficult to digest. Moreover they make the child more prone to complications and infections. Mother's breast milk is produced on the demand of the baby. Hungrier the baby, more vigorous is the suck. More is the suck, more is the amount of breast milk produced. Giving formula automatically reduces the demand of the baby and thereby the production of breast milk. All you need to do is to switch back to exclusive breast feeding and the production will increase automatically. All you need to do is to monitor the urine output. If the frequency is more than 6 times in 24 hours, you would know that the amount of feeding is adequate. If the amount of passage of urine is less or if the child is lethargic you would need to take the child to a doctor without delay.

The quantity of milk is otherwise sufficient and you need not worry about the amount.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng

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