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#1 of 7 Old 10-25-2007, 08:05 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I was changing dd's diaper tonight and she happened to pee while I was changing it. The urine was clear until the very end, when white stuff started coming out. I looked closer and it was lots of little tiny white particles. She had them on her bottom this morning when I changed her diaper but I thought it was just residual diaper cream or something.

We have recently started adding ALOT more fat to her diet. Could that cause it? Should I take her to the doctor? She has no fever.
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I'm not sure, but could it possibly be a UTI? My daughter had one, and her urine was whitish. The white was somehow "separate" from the yellow, but I'm not sure I would describe it as having "particles." Or could it be the wipes or washcloth are shedding?
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No, these were definite particles. Kind of like the stuff in a snow globe, only much smaller peices. I'm sure it wasn't fuzz from the wipes. They had a cheesy texture when I tried to wipe them away. They all smooshed together and smeared, which is what made me think the extra fat in her diet could be causing it. I have no experience with UTI's, so I will probably call the doc tomorrow.
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Sounds like a yeast infection. But it could be a UTI.

Fat is supposed to be processed in other organs, not the kidneys. If she had fat coming out in her urine, she would be in serious trouble. I'm not even sure it's possible.
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DD had white particles in the urine one time that I know of. She had peed into a children's potty and I saw stuff floating in it, freaked out, emptied the potty into a plastic container and brought it to the doc. It was tested to have a very high pH and to be ammonium phosphate crystals. The doctor said it can happen if a child is dehydrated. Her urine was retested and the crystals were gone.

I wasn't satisfied with that explanation, but after plenty of Googling most sources said that ammonium phosphate in urine was rarely anything to worry about.

Anyway, just saying this is a possibility. I'd take a sample in for testing to be sure, if you can, since it could also be a UTI.
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Most likely, its either a yeast infection or UTI. Most of the time, UTI's can cause the urine to appear cloudy with flecks of white mucus. As soon as antibiotics are started, the white mucus flecks go away.

I'd just watch for any other signs like crying during urination, frequent accidents/diaper changes, fever, overly sleepy, ect. If its a yeast infection, I'd also watch for redness and itching in the genital area (common symptoms of a yeast infection).

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My first thought was crystals as well. But, I'm a veterinary technician and my experience with white particles in urine is in cats so take what I say with a grain of salt. Could also be white blood cells but that would be a raging infection and I would think you would see more signs.

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