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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:

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Talking With Kids About Disasters

Your child comes home from school in a state. He or she is panic stricken. The reason? Take your pick. In today's chaotic world, he or she may be worried about anything and everything from natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina and global warming to terrorism and the Iraq War. So what's a concerned parent to do? "Today parents need to have an ongoing preemptive awareness of what the kids in school could be talking about," says Glenn Kashurba, MD, a child psychiatrist in Somerset, Pa. From...

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  • 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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Last Updated: April 12, 2011
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