How many times has your child’s doctor told you to collect a urine sample? I could not even begin to count how many times that request was made. When your child is in diapers this can be a lot harder than one may expect. You need the sample to be clean, but it’s not like you can wring out the diaper. There is a way to make this much easier. Cotton balls! Yep, that’s the secret. Keep cotton balls on hand and when you get this request through a handful into the diaper (4-5 should be plenty unless they are the huge ones then 1-2). You can toss the entire cotton ball into the collection cup, or you can glove up and wring out the cotton ball into the cup. It saves some much time waiting to catch your little one midstream in the diaper.
There are collection bags that you may be able to have your doctor order for you too. These are pretty cool. They have a sticky opening that you can adhere to your child’s skin and then it has a plastic baggy that will collect the urine. If you find that you need to collect samples fairly often it may be worth it to ask your doctor to order some of these so that you can keep them on hand. Or, you can buy them directly off of Amazon.
We always kept a handful of collection cups, bags, cotton balls, and even sputum traps on hand. It was so much easier to collect these at home and save a trip to the clinic for collection. Most doctors will have some of these on hand that you can take home with you, and if they don’t, you may be able to get them to order some so your insurance covers it instead of paying out of pocket. You can check medical supply exchange groups as well, other parents may have extras they can share.