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Catheter Removal, Urinary

How is a Urinary Catheter Removed?

Possible symptoms after removal of a catheter:


Your child may complain of a slight feeling of burning when he or she urinates after the catheter is removed. This is normal. If the feeling of burning continues for more than one day, call your child's healthcare provider.


You may see a slight amount of pink-colored urine the first time your child urinates after the catheter is removed. This is from a small amount of blood in the urine.

It may be slightly difficult for your child to urinate the first time he or she tries after the catheter is removed. If your child has trouble, try placing him or her in a tub of warm water to urinate. The water level in the tub should be enough to cover your child's genitals. Important: Never leave a young child in the tub alone.

Encourage your child to increase his or her fluid intake (example: water or apple juice) to help urinate. This will help dilute the urine and decrease the amount of discomfort.  Stay away from soda pop or citrus juices. If he or she is unable to urinate after four to six hours, call your child's healthcare provider.


If your child's lower belly is swollen or he or she complains of pain in the belly after catheter removal, call your child's healthcare provider.


It is possible that after catheter removal your child may experience some discomfort. Tell the doctor, nurse or technologist if significant or prolonged pain occurs so it can be evaluated.

Fever, belly pain, back pain or foul smelling urine may be signs of a urinary tract infection. Report this to your child's primary care doctor.

Call Your Child's Doctor If:

  • You have any other questions or concerns about your child after he or she has had a urinary catheter removed
  • For any additional questions or concerns

Last Updated 07/2021

Reviewed By Julie Earsing, RN

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