A new technique facilitates collection of infant urine samples

March 1, 2013

A new technique facilitates collection of infant urine samples. Spanish investigators reported a technique for obtaining a midstream clean urine sample in newborns in a median time of 45 seconds.

 

A new technique facilitates collection of infant urine samples. Spanish investigators reported a technique for obtaining a midstream clean urine sample in newborns in a median time of 45 seconds: After the baby is fed and his or her genitals are cleaned, the bladder is stimulated by gentle tapping in the suprapubic area followed by light circular massage of the lower back while the child is held upright with legs dangling. Both stimulation techniques are repeated until urination starts. This technique was successful in 86% of 90 infants aged younger than 30 days. (Herreros Fernández ML, et al. Arch Dis Child. 2013;98[1]:27-29).