Time for a quick wee

Rubbing cold, wet gauze on an infant's stomach is three times more effective at triggering urination than standard clean catch methods, a trial demonstrates.

Melbourne paediatrician Dr Jonathan Kaufman came up with the 'Quick-Wee' method after noticing that infants tend to spontaneously urinate after their abdomen is cleaned with cold wet gauze before a procedure.

After a promising pilot study involving 40 infants, Dr Kaufman sought to expand the evidence base by comparing the unorthodox technique with the clean catch method in 354 infants aged 1-12 months.

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