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My 3 yo has dk yellow/orange urine. doesn't drink much. when he does it gets lighter. since drinking more fixes it mean it's not kidney or liver prob?

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Dr. Jack Rubin
Nephrology and Dialysis 50 years experience
Dark urine: Your child's urine being yellow/orange in color when your child does not drink much is consistent with your child's kidneys excreting a concentrated urine. You found the answer yourself when you stated that when he does drink, the urine get lighter. There is no evidence that your child has a liver or kidney problem from your description. To be absolutely sure, get a urine analysis and blood work.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Normal variation: Urine is one form of waste disposal and the color intensity will vary with the dilution of the urine. A habit of low fluid consumption will lead to darker yellow-orange urine while high fluid intake can make it lose any color.
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Last updated May 7, 2017


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