do you need to wash urine off?

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Kate asks:

Dear Motherload,

If I leave my son with no diapers (I am toilet training him. He is sixteen months old) and he urinates on his legs, do I have to wash him down every time? I cannot use wipes because he is allergic to them. Or will his urine on legs not harm him, and is wiping him with a dry cloth is okay?


Dear Kate,

Geez woman. Urine is sterile as long as it is free of bacteria or some other infection-causing organism, but is still not something that should be left on the skin for prolonged periods or for repeated exposures.

If your child is allergic to baby wipes, why not just simply wet a washcloth and wipe his legs down when needed? You don't have to give him a soapy bath every time, but at least wipe him off with clear water. Urine left on skin can cause a rash to develop, and at the very least will make for an unpleasant smell over time.

If you let him get used to having the smell of pee on and around him all the time, you may just get paid back for that in the end. Remember that your kids are the ones that will pick the nursing home that you might end up in later on.

Thanks for asking Motherload!

Motherload is a Certified Nurse Assistant as well as an IBS sufferer, which means she knows a lot about poop. Got a question for her? Ask it here.

29 Comments on "do you need to wash urine off?"

daphne's picture
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Wow. Ew.

Pee is a great substance for germs to grow on. And it really is smelly, especially if it's concentrated. Let's hope this mom takes Motherload's advice and cleans the little person up in between successful attempts at the toilet.


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healthy 1's picture
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Motherload, you and Dave have the paitients of Jobe with some of these "common sense" questions.

I am totally shocked that a grown woman doesn't know what I knew at 6 yrs old. PEE CANNOT, I REPEAT CANNOT BE LEFT ON A PERSON'S SKIN. IT WILL IRRITATE THE SKIN, AND STINK TO HIGH HEAVEN AS WELL.
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CaCa Doodle Doo's picture
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Sixteen months old is way too early to be seriously toilet training. This post is disgusting and disturbing in so many ways.

Anomalous Coward's picture
k 500+ points

That's the most stupid question I've ever heard. Urine excoriates baby skin. If you want to know how it feels, piss down your own legs and don't clean it off. Holy shit.

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k 500+ points

Oh boy. I thought I was lazy when it came to potty training our little shitwit. Guess I was wrong. Use some common sense here! Wipe him down with a wet washcloth, then go find the pee puddle on the floor and clean that up too before the whole household steps in it and tracks it around. Then go to the store and buy him some training pants and use those til he's a bit older and ready to use the potty properly. Geez. I'm still shaking my head at this one.


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Double Flush's picture
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Sorry to interrupt, but have you ever heard of diaper rash and where it comes from? Come on, use yer head!

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Maybe she's just marinating the little fucker, kind of like a brine thing.

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Anomalous Coward's picture
k 500+ points

Marinated baby butt...exotic cuisine for cannibals? Poor kid. Why would you not simply take him to the potty every couple hours? I'm going to assume that she's a first time mom. At least I HOPE she's a first timer.

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Ya'll. Ma baby don't git no bath mostly. He's ate yeers old, but I's wondrin if'n ah need t'clean the crap off'n 'im t'all... Huh?

Fart Poopie's picture
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Kate, sweetheart, you obviously didn't know any better, so it's good that you asked before your son breaks out in a rash.

If I were you, I would figure out what it is in wipes, exactly, that your son is allergic to. There are different kinds of wipes, with different ingredients, for kids with different sensitivites. I know Huggies makes hypoallergenic wipes, but if those don't work I'm sure there are other brands that produce natural, hypoallergenic baby wipes.

Secondly, from one mother to another, I wouldn't recommend that you potty train your child by letting the world, and your house, be his toilet. What worked for us was to buy thick cotton underwear made specially for potty training. They help keep everything contained a little better. Products like pull-ups are ok, but I have found that they're too much like diapers to be effective, so look for the thick cotton underwear. It will increase the ammount of laundry you do for a while, but it's better and cheaper than having to clean the carpets and the couches everyday. My first child liked the idea of having real big girl panties so much, that she didn't want to get them dirty, so having real underwear might help your son feel grown up too, at least when he's older. He's much too young to be fully potty trained now. That won't happen until he's closer to 2 (or older, boys usually take longer to potty train than girls), and he will still need some help in there. It's also a good idea to still use a diaper at night, when he's in bed.

When you have him in real underwear during the day, watch him. You can usually tell when a child needs to go to the bathroom. As soon as you see signs of him needing to go, pick him up and put him on the toilet.

There are people that swear by the schedule method. I didn't have the discipline for it because there's always something going on and I would forget. It has worked for the parents I know that have tried it, though. What you do is simply make sure your kid is on the toilet every 2 hours. Sometimes he won't do anything but that's alright. When he stops having accidents between the designated potty times for at least a week or two, bump it up to 3 hours. By the time he's not having any accidents between the 3 hour scheduled potty times, he will be old enough to know when to go by himself.

There are a lot of other methods and thousands of books you can buy. I think most people and professionals will agree, however, that letting your child cover your home in urine and feces is neither healthy for him nor the rest of the family.

Fart Poopie's picture
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Sorry everyone. I didn't realize that post was going to be so long.

Anal About Poop's picture
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Sixteen months old sound a little young for potty training. I guess you want to get a head start? If your child's skin is so sensitive that a baby wipe, which is designed for well, wiping is resulting in an allergic reaction imagine what hot acidy pee is going to do. My suggestion: clean the baby with a warm soapy wash cloth using the mildest of soaps.

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l 100+ points

Why would you need to ask this question? Pee should always be washed off skin. Not doing so is not only a germ paradise, but just flat out disgusting.

Some are born crappy, some achieve crappiness, and some have crapiness thrusted upon them. (Do NOT be the last one)

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I was told by my piercer that for genital piercings (and others if you have the ambition) the best thing to do is to pee on them, or wash/rinse/whateveryoucallit the piercing with pee because it is sterile to your own body. Of course he didn't suggest letting the piercing marinate in urine (so rinse when your done), but apparently pee is really good for piercings.

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Oh great, I was about to add to Fart Poopie's good advice, but now my brain is running the what's-pierced-on-NIL nightmare loop.

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This woman should have had an abortion. It would have saved this poor child from a life of misery and an ignomious death.
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runninggrrl2's picture
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Ok, so I don't even have kids yet and I would never even think of doing something like that. Urine is sterile, yes, but it has irritating chemicals in it that will eat your little baby's skin raw AND it will breed bacteria like you wouldn't believe. If your kid's allergic to wipes, use a warm damp washcloth or find hypoallergenic wipes (usually lanolin or fragrances are the culprits). And yeah, why is he running around butt-nekkid?? Most people I know use training pants and they tend to wait until their baby is about 20-22 months old before they even start potty training. That's when they start being able to control their bladders and bowels for longer periods of time and they can begin to communicate having to "go". Potty training too early can actually backfire if you're not careful.


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Bowl Clogger Blogger's picture
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I would recommend using the technique our children were housebroken..er...toilet trained with. It's very similar to what you do with a puppy, but instead of taking the baby outside fifteen minutes after a feeding and making him walk up and down the yard on a leash until he poops or pees, you give it (generic term for baby) fifteen minutes, sit it on the potty, and see what happens. After a few minutes, put its hand in a bowl of water (yikes! this is how we trained in college!) and this will initiate urination. Then, model pooping behavior for it by straining until your face is red, grunting, sweating, shaking...all while your spouse or domestic partner stands just outside the bathroom making immitation fart sounds. The child (this works best with boys) will usually begin to laugh so hard that it will poop. Back to the puppy analogy: this is when positive reinforcement is valuable: you should applaud and praise it when it makes a dootie or "tinkles", and if it laughs while doing it, laugh along with it.
Of concern is that it might carry this behavior into adulthood, although little girls usually outgrow this in their teens or early 20's, while boys will be imprinted for life in a majority of the cases.
I hope this clears up the confusion. Oh, about the piss on the legs: I don't know, can't help you there. Don't you have a swimming pool or something for the kid? Just a thought.
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Fart Poopie's picture
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Wow, people. Give this girl credit for asking. She obviously wants to do the right thing and just doesn't know any better.
It would be much worse if she didn't ask at all and went ahead with that form of potty training, leaving pee on the kid.

daphne's picture
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Actually, I was potty trained at 18 months or something from what I've heard. Some kids are just ready faster. This kid might be one of those kids and might not. I potty-trained the Things at 2 and a half so I could safely make a clean break from diapers, and I was glad that I waited that long.

I"m glad she asked us, too. This might be someone who's young and didn't have alot of help. But, yeah, still, ew.


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Anonymous Coward's picture

Hell, I'm 49 and I still piss myself at times.

Pantload's picture
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I just crapped myself right now just reading this stuff. Guess I should have taken the dump when I first felt it instead of trying to read through this first. Dooh!


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Fart Poopie's picture
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Did you sit in your poop while you typed that up, Pantload?

daphne's picture
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The question is will he wipe it off? Let's make it topic-related!


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Drink Your Pee!'s picture

We've been raised to assume that urine is unclean, filthy, and prime breeding ground for germs and disease. The fact is, all these beliefs are untrue and perpetuated purely by our culture, not scientific fact.

Unless the urinary tract is infected, urine is sterile. You can drink it, or apply it to your hair and skin for beneficial effects. As a matter of fact, many people do. While no formal scientific studies have been done to test the claims that urine injestion and application can cure a large variety of ailments, you cannot deny this fact: Urine is 95% water, 2.5% urea (which is used in some medications and products, including anti-wrinkle cream), and 2.5% assorted minerals and salt.

Practitioners of urine therapy agree that applying urine to the skin can alleviate many skin ailments and improve overall health. However, common sense also tells us that if you leave ANYTHING on a baby's sensitive skin, there's always the chance that it will become an irritant. So, while urine specifically won't hurt your baby, as a foreign substance, it might cause discomfort. Try leaving the urine on, and if you see any redness, you know that it irritates your baby's skin. When you wipe it off, all that's necessary is a damp cloth-- no need to sterilize or kill any germs.

The most important thing is to be aware of what kind of shame, guilt, and fears your actions teach him. If you act disgusted by urine, he wil grow up to be disgusted by urine. If you act like he is unclean or a failure every time he misses the potty, he will have low self-esteem. If you praise him only when he succeeds, he will fear failure.

Just react to each situation by showing your son love and respect in the best way you know how.

daphne's picture
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It IS prime breeding ground for bacteria. It stinks if it's not cleaned up. It gets stinkier if it hangs around. Agar is also sterile, but it, too, is a prime breeding ground for bacteria, so I don't think your arguement works.


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Poonanza's picture
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Hells yeah, Runninggrrl, an apple a day keeps the ex-lax away. Those things give me the worst squirts.

I've heard of kids being potty trained when they were a few months old. I can't remember what it's called, but I found it on poopreport. It's something hippie-like, where you're all 'in touch' with your baby and you just 'know' when he has to go, and it has a new-agey name. Sorry I can't remember :(

But it sounds interesting. Makes me wonder why dogs can't be that easy...

You can drink your urine three times before you start to poison yourself. Good old military training :) And drinkyourpee is right, if your not careful you can make him a shameful shitter. Or is that meekful micturator?

Sorry for bumping x_x

poopapalloza's picture
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Good Lord, wash the poor tot for crying out loud!

Aussie_mum's picture

Yes this was a dumb question but to whoever said 16 months is too young for serious toilet training, you are wrong! I was totally toilet trained at 15 months as was my son! Its not about age its about the willingness of the parents. Parent who have kids not toilet trained at 3 and 4 are just plain lazy!

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