A urinary catheter is a small, soft tube placed in the bladder. This article addresses urinary catheters in babies.
Babies need urinary catheters if they are not making much urine. Babies can have low urine because they:
When your baby has a catheter, doctors and nurses can measure how much urine is coming out. They can figure out how much fluid your baby needs.
A doctor or nurse puts the catheter into the urethra and up into the bladder. The urethra is the opening at the tip of the penis in boys and near the vagina in girls. The doctor or nurse will:
There is a small risk of injury to the urethra or the bladder when the catheter is inserted. Urinary catheters that are left in place for more than a few days increase the risk for a bladder or kidney infection.
Bladder catheter - infants; Foley catheter - infants
Updated by: Kimberly G Lee, MD, MSc, IBCLC, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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