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Inability to Urinate in Children

Inability to Urinate in Children

For most children, the inability to urinate is caused by dehydration . Common causes of dehydration are not drinking enough fluids, diarrhea, vomiting, and fever. A child can also quickly become dehydrated in hot weather.

When a child is not dehydrated, the inability to urinate can be caused by:

  • Injury.
  • Infection.
  • Medicines, such as Actifed, Benadryl, Chlor-Trimeton, Dimetapp, Robitussin Cough and Cold, or Tavist.
  • Problems with the structure or function of the urinary tract , such as vesicoureteral reflux , an obstruction in the urinary tract, or another abnormality.
By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Last Revised April 12, 2011

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