Pediatric Urine Analysis (by Dipstick) Questions and Answers
Here at Night Lite Pediatrics, we have an in-house laboratory with moderate complexity tests to help us understand your child’s ailment and provide an effective treatment. One of the tests we offer is the urine analysis, and we can provide it with the use of a simple dipstick. We serve patients from Greater Orlando, Jacksonville, Melbourne and Port St Lucie Florida areas.
What is a urinalysis by dipstick?
It’s a lab test that’s commonly done as a part of an overall urinalysis or on its own. After a urine sample is collected from a patient, a professional may place a specially treated chemical strip (the dipstick) into the sample, and then patches on the dipstick typically change color to indicate the presence of things like glucose, protein, or white blood cells. After, the dipstick is placed into a machine that uses light beams to analyze the color changes and produce a reading.
Why is a urinalysis by dipstick done?
The results produced by the test can indicate a urinary tract infection or injury, kidney disease, or diabetes. If the results indicate an issue, this can help a doctor with diagnosis.
What is the procedure for the urinalysis by dipstick?
First, the skin around the urinary opening must be cleansed, which is something the child or the parent can do with a special towelette. Then, the patient may be asked to urinate into a clean sample cup. If a young patient isn’t potty trained yet or just can’t urinate into a cup, the doctor or a nurse may need to insert a small, soft plastic tube (a catheter) into the bladder to get a urine sample. After a sample is collected, the professional may place a dipstick into the sample, then put the dipstick into an automated reader for analysis.
When you come see us here at Night Lite Pediatrics, we’ll provide you and your child with more detailed instructions. It’s important to follow the instructions and help make them clear to your child. There’s nothing to be concerned about with the test, as it requires only normal urination, and there shouldn’t be any discomfort.
When are urinalysis results made available?
The results typically don’t take long to produce, and you may be able to get them while you wait at the clinic. The doctor may review them with you. If there’s an issue, another urine test could be necessary. Connect with our clinic to learn more.
Where can I get a urinalysis by dipstick for my child?
You can get the test done for your child right here at Night Lite Pediatrics. Our clinic can also provide treatment for the common health issues a urinalysis can detect. Also, our clinic is a recipient of the Laboratory Excellence Award given by COLA, so our labs meet rigorous federal and state regulatory requirements, and our tests follow strict guidelines. We may be able to provide the results while you wait. Also, you can walk in for a test with us!
If you believe your child should be tested for a urinary tract infection/injury, kidney disease, diabetes, or another condition, connect with our clinic today or just come see us for a test. We have multiple locations in Greater Orlando and beyond, so we ask that you see our Locations page for the location near you, its address, and its contact information. We hope to see you and your child soon here at Night Lite Pediatrics!