Even a small amount of blood can make the urine look pink, red, or sometimes brown. Sometimes the blood can be seen only with a microscope.
Blood in the urine should always be checked by your healthcare provider.
The urinary tract includes the:
A number of things may cause bleeding in the urinary tract. Some common causes of blood in the urine are:
Less common causes of blood in the urine in children are:
Certain kinds of foods, such as beets or blackberries, may give the urine a reddish tint. This should last only for a day or so after eating these foods. A few medicines may also turn the urine reddish. If your child has started a new medicine and you notice a color change in the urine, call your pharmacist to see if it’s normal.
Your child’s healthcare provider will ask about other symptoms and your child’s medical history and examine your child. Tests may include:
The treatment of blood in the urine depends on its cause. Your healthcare provider will recommend treatment that is best for your child.
Contact your healthcare provider if you think your child has blood in the urine.
Ask your child’s healthcare provider:
Make sure you know when your child should come back for a checkup. Keep all appointments for provider visits or tests.