Babies and small children cannot wee ‘on demand’, which makes it difficult to get a sample.
Urine samples need to be collected for urine tests. Urine tests may be done for a number of reasons and they are the only way to know for sure if your child has a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI).
If the reason for the urine test is to determine if your child has a UTI, it is very important that the urine is obtained from your child in a sterile (clean) way so that the sample is not contaminated with bacteria (germs) from the skin.
This method involves trying to catch some urine in a urine sample container that is provided. If you have not been given one, please ask at your family doctor (GP) surgery.
The container does not need to be completely full – usually a small sample is enough for testing.
Start by offering your child a drink (cup, bottle, breastfeed). Most children who are going to wee for a clean-catch will do so within one hour.
You should collect the urine sample a couple of hours before attending clinic unless you are instructed otherwise. If the urine sample has been collected more than four hours before attending clinic, please store in the fridge at 4-8°C between collection and hospital visit.