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How to get a mid-stream urine sample from a 4 year old?

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Hangingbellyofbabylon Tue 19-Aug-08 20:43:05

I need to get a sample from dd - she is happy to sit on a potty but of course then it isn't 'mid-stream'. Any recommendations?

ummadam Tue 19-Aug-08 22:44:46

at 4 it is a bit hit and miss and a question of doing the best you can.

one way is..

*wear gloves and put a mat down
*clean her bottom well with water before hand *get her to stand over the potty and "aim from on high" (you can make it a bit of a game amd yes I have managed this in my former life on a children's ward)
*put pot into stream just after she starts.

I wouldn't worry too much about midstream in a child - the most important thing is that it is a 'clean catch' ie no bugs around on the outside of the skin contaminating the specimen. Hence the cleaning.

good luck!

Hangingbellyofbabylon Tue 19-Aug-08 23:02:54

thanks! sounds like we'll be having fun tomorrow.

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