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The care team may need to check your child’s urine for bacteria that can cause infection.
The care team will need a urine sample for this test Sometimes a nurse or nursing care assistant will collect the sample. Other times you might be asked to gather the sample.
These steps can help you collect urine samples as needed. Older children and teens can usually follow these steps on their own.
Bacteria are always present in the genital area. These bacteria can contaminate a urine sample. This can lead to false test results.
It is very important to clean this area well before collecting a urine sample.
The supplies you need may vary based on your child’s age or your care team’s advice. Follow their instructions exactly.
This is a list of basic supplies.
Depending on your child’s age, they may be more comfortable collecting their own sample. These are the steps that you should follow.
Reviewed: September 2022