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Why would a child's urine be cloudy?

My son is 5 years old and he has cloudy urine lately. Why would a child's urine be cloudy?

2 Answers

This requires the attention of a physician. Can be protein in the urine, infection, or nothing. A routine urine analysis, which can be done by the child's pediatrician would give a lot of information.
Cloudy urine occurs for various reasons. Sediment can be from the shedding of the lining of the urinary system. In children, it is often related to incomplete emptying and holding behaviors. The sediment builds up from not emptying completely and then is seen in the urine. Medications can also form sediment and sometimes infection can make urine cloudy. In general: hydration, frequent trips to the restroom, management of constipation, and taking time to empty completely will promote good bladder/bowel elimination health.