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Urine collection - infants refers to the method of getting a urine sample from a baby for testing purposes. It is usually done in a doctor's office, but can be done at home.
Thoroughly wash the area around the urethra using soap, or cleansing wipes that your health care provider gave you. Clean from the front to the back on a female infant, and from the tip of the penis down on a male infant.
You will be given a special bag to collect the urine. It will be a plastic bag with a sticky strip on one end, made to fit over your baby's genital area. Open this bag and place it on the infant.
Put a diaper securely over the bag. For active infants, this procedure may take a couple of attempts -- lively infants can displace the bag.
Check your baby often and remove the bag after the infant has urinated into it.
Drain the urine into a sterile container and give it to the health care provider as directed. Do not touch the inside of the cup or lid. If at home, place the container in a plastic bag in the refrigerator until you return it to your health care provider.
There is no preparation for the test. If you collect the urine at home, you might need a couple of extra collection bags.
There is no discomfort.
The test is performed to get a urine specimen from an infant.
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