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My newborn has not had a wet diaper in almost 24 hours she was born less than 5 days ago what are some things I can try before the emergency room ?

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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: If at all ill - ER!

If a newborn without a wet diaper for 24 hours is acting at all sick or lethargic, go immediately to see a physician.
Newborns can get very sick very fast and one sign can be no urine output. It is unusual for a healthy newborn not to have a wet diaper for this long if breast or bottle feeding normally. They often have a bowel movement and urine after eating as a natural reflex.

In brief: If at all ill - ER!

If a newborn without a wet diaper for 24 hours is acting at all sick or lethargic, go immediately to see a physician.
Newborns can get very sick very fast and one sign can be no urine output. It is unusual for a healthy newborn not to have a wet diaper for this long if breast or bottle feeding normally. They often have a bowel movement and urine after eating as a natural reflex.
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Doctor

This is definitely not normal. Call your doctor asap.

In brief: Doctor

This is definitely not normal. Call your doctor asap.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology

In brief: Abnormal ?Dehydrated

At 5-age-days your baby certainly should not go 24 hours without urination.
Check baby's soft spot to see if depressed in which case baby may be dehydrated and may need medical care. You may not be producing enough milk if breast feeding, and baby isn't getting enough fluid. Baby may need supplemental formula or pedialyte. Please call your baby's pediatrician/primary care provider.

In brief: Abnormal ?Dehydrated

At 5-age-days your baby certainly should not go 24 hours without urination.
Check baby's soft spot to see if depressed in which case baby may be dehydrated and may need medical care. You may not be producing enough milk if breast feeding, and baby isn't getting enough fluid. Baby may need supplemental formula or pedialyte. Please call your baby's pediatrician/primary care provider.
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