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Blood in the Urine (Hematuria) in Children

Blood in the Urine (Hematuria) in Children

Blood in the urine (hematuria) is not common in children and may be a sign of an infection, a kidney problem, or an injury. The blood may either be seen with the naked eye (gross hematuria) or seen only when the urine sample is examined under a microscope.

It is common for newborns to pass some pink urine in the first 3 days of life. This may be from crystals in the urine. Parents will notice a pink color to the urine in the diaper.

Note: If no other urinary symptoms are present, a slight change in urine color could be from eating beets or other red foods.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Last Revised April 12, 2011

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