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Your child’s care team may need to collect urine samples from time to time. These are used for laboratory tests.
Many urine samples are collected over a specific length of time. The usual collection period is 24 hours. But your child’s test may be longer or shorter.
A member of your child’s care team will give you a plastic urine collection container with an attached label.
Do not panic if you miss a sample (or one gets lost or contaminated). Instead, continue collecting other samples.
Write down the number of times samples were lost during the collection process. Also try to estimate the amount of urine lost. Let your child’s care team know when you return the collection container.
Missed urine can make test results inaccurate. This means the tests may have to be repeated. That is why it is important to report any “lost” urine samples.
Ask your child’s care team for help if you have any questions.
Reviewed: August 2022