Chronic kidney disease happens when the kidneys cannot remove waste and keep the body's fluids and chemicals in balance. Normally, the kidneys remove waste from the blood. The waste then leaves the body in the urine. The kidneys also balance the fluids in the body. When the kidneys are not working well, waste and excess fluid can build up so much that it can poison the body. This can be life-threatening.
You may be able to keep your child's kidney damage from getting worse by making sure your child takes any prescribed medicine and making lifestyle changes. If the condition gets worse, your child may need to use a machine or other method to filter waste. This is called dialysis. It is possible that your child may need a kidney transplant.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
November 20, 2015
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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