Problems such as bedwetting, urinary tract infections and complex genital and urinary tract disorders can be both physically and emotionally challenging. Treating children from birth to age 21, the Children’s Pediatric Urology department helps children and their families address these issues.
The Children’s team includes pediatric urologists specially trained in the treatment of these disorders. Sometimes pediatric urology conditions require surgery.
Children’s works to provide high-quality care for the full range of genital and urinary tract disorders, from the most common to the most complex. Our comprehensive services include consultation, evaluation, treatment and long-term assistance.
How does the urinary system work?
The body takes nutrients from food and converts them to energy. During this process waste products are left behind in the bowel and in the blood.
The urinary system keeps chemicals, such as potassium, sodium, and water in a physiologic normal balance, and removes the waste products of body metabolism from the blood.
Other important functions of the kidneys include the production of hormones important for the regulation of blood pressure (renin), and the production of red blood cells (erythropoietin).
Facts about urine:
- Adults pass about a quart and a half of urine each day, depending on the fluids and foods consumed.
- The volume of urine formed at night is about half that formed in the daytime.
- Normal urine is sterile. It contains fluids, salts and waste products, but it is free of bacteria, viruses and fungi.
- The tissues of the bladder are isolated from urine and toxic substances by a coating that discourages bacteria from attaching and growing on the bladder wall.