Thoroughly wash the area around the urethra using soap, or cleansing wipes that your health care provider gave you. Clean from the front to the back on a female infant, and from the tip of the penis down on a male infant.
You will be given a special bag to collect the urine. It will be a plastic bag with a sticky strip on one end, made to fit over your baby's genital area. Open this bag and place it on the infant.
- For males, place the entire penis in the bag and attach the adhesive to the skin.
- For females, place the bag over the labia.
Put a diaper securely over the bag. For active infants, this procedure may take a couple of attempts -- lively infants can displace the bag.
Check your baby often and remove the bag after the infant has urinated into it.
Drain the urine into a sterile container and give it to the health care provider as directed. Do not touch the inside of the cup or lid. If at home, place the container in a plastic bag in the refrigerator until you return it to your health care provider.