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Is smelly and frequent urination a problem?

When my 9 year old granddaughter visits, it seems like she pees all the time.

The urine smells so strong you have to wash afterward or the entire house smells of it. 

What could be causing this? Should I recommend she be seen by her doctor? 

 


Carey Ertz | Family-medicine

Carey Ertz

Thank you for your question. Based on the symptoms you are describing, I would recommend that she be seen by her primary care physician. Many things need to be evaluated to determine the specific cause and any treatment.

Some possible causes:

Diet-related
Does she drink more water or caffeinated beverages when she is visiting you?  Urine can take on different odors depending on types of food she is eating. 

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
It would also be important to rule out a urinary tract infection.  Symptoms include frequency, urgency, burning with urination.  When more severe, can have fevers, back pain and nausea/vomiting. 

Constipation
Constipation can cause pressure on the bladder resulting in increased urination. 

Finally, her doctor can discuss testing for diabetes if this is consistent with her examination, symptoms and / or family history.  

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