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My 3 yr old daughter is going to the bathroom very often. The doctor tested her urine and there is no infection, but the problem continues. ?

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Dr. John Leander Po
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
9 doctors agree

In brief: Not always infection

Several possibilities: 1.
Diabetes (though other symptoms would be present) 2. Environmental irritant (soap is too alkali or irritating) 3. Anatomical issues (using retention of urine) or 4. Physiologic problem (overactive bladder). Regardless, a repeat evaluation by your doctor or a referral to a pediatric urologist is recommended.

In brief: Not always infection

Several possibilities: 1.
Diabetes (though other symptoms would be present) 2. Environmental irritant (soap is too alkali or irritating) 3. Anatomical issues (using retention of urine) or 4. Physiologic problem (overactive bladder). Regardless, a repeat evaluation by your doctor or a referral to a pediatric urologist is recommended.
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Dr. George Klauber
Agree regarding environmental irritant as suggested by Dr. Po. Diabetes is not an issue because of lack of sugar in urine at urinalysis. Most likely functional frequency if dry all night & does not urinate more than once during night.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Bath taker?

Eliminate baths, or at least minimize the amount of time she sits in stagnant water. Give her showers for a week or two and see if the problem goes away.

In brief: Bath taker?

Eliminate baths, or at least minimize the amount of time she sits in stagnant water. Give her showers for a week or two and see if the problem goes away.
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Probably functional

3-year-old girls frequently have urinary frequency.
Often occurs soon after toilet training. Your dr. Has ruled out diabetes and uti. Presume that she is toilet trained. Unlikely to have any anatomic problem if dry at night, but needs to checked if she has significant nocturnal urinary frequency. Smart toddlers realize that an important aspect of their lives is now under their control. Be patient.

In brief: Probably functional

3-year-old girls frequently have urinary frequency.
Often occurs soon after toilet training. Your dr. Has ruled out diabetes and uti. Presume that she is toilet trained. Unlikely to have any anatomic problem if dry at night, but needs to checked if she has significant nocturnal urinary frequency. Smart toddlers realize that an important aspect of their lives is now under their control. Be patient.
Dr. George Klauber
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Dr. George Klauber
Certainly worth wasting panties in mild soap in case she is allergic or sensitive to detergent.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Common at that age

Little girls who sit in bathwater will often gain a soap film around their genitals that they do not know to rinse off.
Over time, this itches, they dig at their bottom either half asleep or awake, they may tear tissue, and develop these symptoms.A tub shower with a sprayer, making sure the soapy water stays away from her bottom can help. Soaking in a water only tub can also help.

In brief: Common at that age

Little girls who sit in bathwater will often gain a soap film around their genitals that they do not know to rinse off.
Over time, this itches, they dig at their bottom either half asleep or awake, they may tear tissue, and develop these symptoms.A tub shower with a sprayer, making sure the soapy water stays away from her bottom can help. Soaking in a water only tub can also help.
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