What is a 24-Hour Urine Collection?
When your child’s healthcare provider orders a 24-hour urine collection, you will help your child collect urine for a full 24 hours. For example, if the collection starts at 8 am Monday, it is to be completed at 8 am Tuesday.
Choose a time that is best for you and your child.
You should collect every drop of urine during the 24-hour period. It does not matter how much or little urine is passed each time, as long as every drop is collected.
- Plastic container for collection that can be picked up at any Cincinnati Children’s lab location
- Urine “hat” for under the toilet seat to collect urine for females
Urine Collection Procedure
- Have your child urinate (empty the bladder) at the start time (example: when child awakes at 8 am Monday) and flush it down the toilet.
- You have now started your child's 24-hour urine collection. This is your child's start time. Write your child's name, the date and this starting time on the card attached to the urine container.
- For the next 24 hours, collect all of your child's urine in the urine container. Save all urine throughout the 24-hour period.
- The urine should not be mixed with bowel movements (poop). If a female patient, and the urine and bowel movements occur together in the urine hat, you must restart the 24-hour urine collection.
- Be sure not to discard any toilet paper into the hat. Pour the urine from the hat into the urine container. Store the container at room temperature.
- If your child is a male, have him urinate directly into the urine container. Store the container at room temperature.
Note for females: Blood in the urine can affect the results of some laboratory tests. If your child is menstruating, ask your child's healthcare provider whether you need to postpone the urine collection.