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Cystoscopy In Children


A cystoscopy is a procedure to look inside of your child's urethra and bladder. After a cystoscopy, it is normal for your child to have pink-colored urine. It is also normal for your child to have an increased need to urinate. He may have a burning feeling when he urinates.


Call 911 if:

  • Your child suddenly has chest pain or trouble breathing.

Seek care immediately if:

  • Your child's urine turns from pink to red, or has clots in it.
  • Your child has a fever with or without chills.
  • Your child cannot urinate at all and his bladder feels full.

Contact your child's healthcare provider if:

  • Your child's urine stays pink for longer than 1 day.
  • Your child is urinating less than normal.
  • Your child's pain or burning becomes worse or lasts longer than 2 days.
  • Your child's skin becomes itchy, swollen, or has a new rash.


Your child may be given any of the following:

  • Antibiotics help treat or prevent a bacterial infection.
  • Acetaminophen decreases pain and fever. It is available without a doctor's order. Ask how much to give your child and how often to give it. Follow directions. Acetaminophen can cause liver damage if not given correctly.
  • Give your child's medicine as directed. Call your child's healthcare provider if you think the medicine is not working as expected. Tell him if your child is allergic to any medicine. Keep a current list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs your child takes. Include the amounts, and when, how, and why they are taken. Bring the list or the medicines in their containers to follow-up visits. Carry your child's medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your child's healthcare provider as directed:

Your child may need to have another cystoscopy or other tests. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your child's visits.

Care for your child after a cystoscopy:

  • Have your child drink 3 to 4 glasses of water for 2 days after the cystoscopy. Avoid giving him acidic juices such as orange juice and lemonade. Water can help prevent blood clots from forming. It can also help decrease the amount of acid in your child's urine. Acid in your child's urine may increase the burning feeling when he urinates.
  • Have your child sit in a tub of warm water. Warm water may help decrease pain and bladder spasms. You may need to have your young child urinate while in the water to decrease the burning feeling.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.