Straining When Urinating In Children?

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I want to ask my 5-month-old child how come urinating is a bit mejen, but the color of his pee is normal and does not frighten me I’m afraid it doesn’t fit in the diet because he has started to consume biscuit milna and I have given fruit intake like oranges, papaya?

1 Answer:

Hello WelyAni,


If in boys, straining urination can arise due to abnormalities in the penis called phimosis. Phimosis is a condition where the foreskin of the penis (prepuce) adheres to the head of the penis, can not be withdrawn, thus covering the opening of the urethra (urethra). This situation is often found in male infants who have not been circumcised. Although in some cases as the body develops, the foreskin will become more loose and can be pulled, but some are permanent and cause interference. Some cases of phimosis continue into childhood and puberty. This situation requires medical treatment so that patients do not have difficulty urinating.


Phimosis has the following symptoms:

Difficult to urinate children or have to straining so that urine can come out
When urinating the tip of the penis looks ballooned
The foreskin of the penis cannot be pulled back

Phimosis is often accompanied by infection of the penis head (balanitis) which causes swelling and redness at the tip of the penis. In this condition the child can cry when urinating due to pain. In addition to the causes of phimosis there are other causes that can also cause difficulty urinating in infants such as urinary tract infections and urinary tract structural abnormalities. To determine a definitive diagnosis, a direct physical examination is needed and the doctor needs to ask for a history of complaints and the child's development. Investigations such as urine examination can determine the presence or absence of urinary tract infections.


Infants <6 months of age are encouraged to get exclusive breastfeeding as the only type of food. Feed the child every 2-3 hours so that the baby's fluid needs are met. For further consultation, you can see a pediatrician. Thus the explanation from me, may be useful.

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