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Urinary and Genital Disorders (Children)

Frequent urination, age 6 female

11/28/2007

Question:

My 6 yr. old daughter is urinating every 6 minutes only in the daytime hours, not bedtime. Her doctor says it`s all in her head. She`s disrupts her classroom wanting to go continuously.

What do you suggest? Her urine test was clean. A concerned mother

Answer:

There is a condition termed the daytime frequency syndrome of childhood, which is most common in boys. Typically these children have sudden onset of frequency during the day, no incontinence during the day, no burning with urination, no urinary tract infection, and do not get up at night to urinate. It typically resolves without treatment. Because there is no anatomic abnormality, it is considered psychological.

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Response by:

Jack S Elder, MD, FACS, FAAP Jack S Elder, MD, FACS, FAAP
Clinical Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University