Pain while peeing (urinating) can be caused by different things, including: infection in the urinary tract irritation or injury of the genital area stones (small masses of minerals) in the urinary tract Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common cause of pain during peeing. Signs and Symptoms burning or stinging with peeing the urge to pee more often bad-smelling, bloody, or discolored pee fever or chills decreased appetite or activity irritability nausea or vomiting lower back pain or abdominal (belly) pain wetting accidents (in potty-trained kids) What to Do Call the doctor if your child has pain while peeing or can't pee. Follow the doctor's treatment instructions. Encourage drinking lots of water and other caffeine-free liquids. Give acetaminophen or ibuprofen as needed for discomfort. Think Prevention! Avoid bubble baths and perfumed soaps. Wash the genital area with only mild soap or lukewarm water. Change soiled and very wet diapers right away. Remind kids to go to the bathroom often. Teach girls to gently wipe from front to back and make sure no tiny pieces of toilet paper get left behind. Sexually active teens should get tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Back to Articles Related Articles Urinary Tract Infections A urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of the most common reasons that teens visit a doctor. Learn about the symptoms of UTIs, how they're treated, and more in this article. Read More Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common in kids. They're easy to treat and usually clear up in a week or so. Read More A to Z: Dysuria Learn more about dysuria (or painful urination) and its treatment. Read More Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections and Related Conditions Recurrent urinary tract infections can cause kidney damage if left untreated, especially in kids under age 6. Here's how to recognize the symptom of UTIs and get help for your child. Read More For Boys: Trouble "Down There" Boys might feel embarrassed if they get hurt or have a health problem "down there." Find out more in this article for kids. Read More Getting a Urine Test (Video) If your doctor wants a urine sample, he or she means pee. It's easy to give a sample. Watch how this test is done in this video for kids. Read More Kidneys and Urinary Tract The kidneys perform several functions that are essential to health, the most important of which are to filter blood and produce urine. Read More Kidneys and Urinary Tract The bean-shaped kidneys, each about the size of a child's fist, are essential to our health. Their most important role is to filter blood and produce urine. Read More Movie: Urinary System Watch this movie about the urinary system, which produces pee. Read More Quiz: Urinary System Take this quiz about the urinary system, the system that produces pee. Read More Urine Test (Video) This video shows what it's like to get a urine test. Read More Urine Tests Is your child having a urine culture or urinalysis performed? Find out why urine tests are performed, and what to expect when the doctor orders them. Read More Your Kidneys You need at least one kidney to live. Find out why in this article for kids. Read More Your Urinary System You pee every day, but what makes it happen? Find out in this article for kids about the urinary system. Read More Bedwetting Lots of kids wet the bed. Find out more in this article for kids. Read More Bedwetting Bedwetting is an issue that millions of families face every night. Most of the time it's not a sign of any deeper medical or emotional issues and kids eventually grow out of it. Read More Bedwetting (Nocturnal Enuresis) Bedwetting can be embarrassing and upsetting for teens, but there are effective ways to correct the problem and scientists are constantly developing new treatments. Read More Ultrasound: Renal (Kidneys, Ureters, Bladder) A renal ultrasound makes images of your child's kidneys, ureters, and bladder. Doctors may order this test if they suspect kidney damage, cysts, tumors, kidney stones, or complications from urinary tract infections. Read More Why Am I Getting Urinary Tract Infections? Find out what the experts have to say! Read More Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor. © 1995-2021 KidsHealth®. All rights reserved. Images provided by The Nemours Foundation, iStock, Getty Images, Veer, Shutterstock, and Clipart.com.