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First Aid: Pain With Urinating (Peeing)

Reviewed by: Kate M. Cronan, MD

First Aid

Pain while peeing (urinating) can be caused by different things, including:

  • infection in the urinary tract
  • irritation or injury of the genital area
  • stones (small masses of minerals) in the urinary tract

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common cause of pain during peeing.

Signs and Symptoms

  • burning or stinging with peeing
  • the urge to pee more often
  • bad-smelling, bloody, or discolored pee
  • fever or chills
  • decreased appetite or activity
  • irritability
  • nausea or vomiting
  • lower back pain or abdominal (belly) pain
  • wetting accidents (in potty-trained kids)

What to Do

  • Call the doctor if your child has pain while peeing or can't pee.
  • Follow the doctor's treatment instructions.
  • Encourage drinking lots of water and other caffeine-free liquids.
  • Give acetaminophen or ibuprofen as needed for discomfort.

Think Prevention!

  • Avoid bubble baths and perfumed soaps. Wash the genital area with only mild soap or lukewarm water.
  • Change soiled and very wet diapers right away.
  • Remind kids to go to the bathroom often.
  • Teach girls to gently wipe from front to back and make sure no tiny pieces of toilet paper get left behind.
  • Sexually active teens should get tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Reviewed by: Kate M. Cronan, MD
Date reviewed: July 2018