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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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Eating Disorders in Children and Teens

Eating disorders in children and teens cause serious changes in eating habits that can lead to major, even life threatening health problems. The three main types of eating disorders are: Anorexia, a condition in which a child refuses to eat adequate calories out of an intense and irrational fear of becoming fat Bulimia, a condition in which a child grossly overeats (binging) and then purges the food by vomiting or using laxatives to prevent weight gain Binge eating,...

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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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