A common concern among parents is the feeling that a child is urinating too
frequently. Could there be an infection? Does the child have diabetes? Does
the child have a nervous problem? Should we ignore it?
Not only does frequent urination concern parents, but for the child in school,
a teacher might wonder if the child really needs to use the bathroom that
To resolve these concerns, one needs to know the normal frequency of urination
in children. The table shown below may prove helpful in relieving some
If the child is exceeding these norms (and the best way to be certain is
to record the number of trips), parents should seek the advice of their
pediatrician. Although many normal children go through a period lasting several
weeks making constant trips to the bathroom for two drops of urine, it is
still nice to be reassured.
Since urinary tract infections are not common in early childhood, it may
be worth having a pediatrician order a urinalysis and culture. Parents may
want to ask their child if there is any pain or "funny feeling" associated
with these frequent bathroom trips.