When you should worry if your kid’s urine changed?


Last day, I was worried when I saw that the colour of my son’s wee was orange. I used to see his urine within the spectrum of yellow to almost clear.

But fortunately, this change of colour short-lived. After two hours the colour returned back to its normal state.

The reason for that change is eating a high amount of beta carotene. He ate a carrot, sweet potatoes and apricot on the same day.

I know carrot is one of my toddler’s favourite foods, and it is one of the brain food that boost the kid’s intelligence. But, it is not a good idea to eat too much carrot with sweet potatoes and apricot at the same day.

So, when to worry if your kid’s urine colour changed? Which signs of a serious health problem? And when to take him to the doctor?

Most changes in urine colour and odour are temporary and can be attributed to certain foods, vitamins, and medicines. But sometimes change in colour can indicate an underlying medical condition. You’ll see here when to worry if the colour of your kid’s urine changed.

Kid’s urine colour guide:

1- If the wee is colourless:

Colourless urine may indicate over-hydration. While not as dangerous as hydration, but it can sometimes lead to an imbalance of electrolytes in your kid’s blood.

2- If the colour of the wee is orange:

Yes, if it’s orange for a long time it should be a sign the following health problem:

  • Dehydration: it’s the most common cause of orange urine. So if you see your kid’s wee colour changed to orange, the first thing to do is getting him enough water and fluids. In a matter of hours, the urine should return to its usual colour which is a hue between light yellow and clear.
  • Liver dysfunction: if your kid’s urine is orange or dark yellow for a long time, and adjusting your intake of fluids and supplements doesn’t seem to make a difference, it could be an early sign of liver or biliary tract problems. If the problem is ongoing, then take your kid to the pediatrician.

3- If the colour of the wee is red:

This colour could be a worrisome sign of many things. Blood in the urine can be idiopathic or a sign of a kidney stone, infection or a tumor in the urinary tract.

Anyway, red urine is a red flag to immediately consult a physician.

4- If the wee is brown or black:

If the red of red urine is dark, it may look brown or even black. In such cases, the causes of brown or black urine may be the same as those of red urine.

So, if your kid’s urine was brown you should consult the doctor immediately.

5- If the wee is blue:

Blue wee can indicate a medical condition called hypercalcemia or Hartnup disease.

Again see the doctor if your kid’s urine turned blue.

6- If the colour of the wee was green:

There is a rare genetic disease that can turn your kid’s urine to green. Also certain bacteria can infect the urinary tract. But it’s probably a food dye in something he ate Or a medication. See the doctor if it persists.

Medical disclaimer: All content and media on this blog is created and published online for informational purposes only. It not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on as health or personal advice.

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