When Jia was born she brought a lot of happiness in the family like any other child would bring. The days passed and as she grew her parents started to feel that Jia constantly falls sick and takes a long time to recover. But then they thought it is just a patch of illness and soon her appetite would return. However, one day she felt very sick and after taking her to the hospital, and they got to know that she is suffering from a kidney disease.
As the world will be celebrating World Health Kidney Day on 10th of March 2016, we also take an initiative to educate the public about how to maintain the health of the kidneys.
Every year since 2006, there is a particular theme for the World Kidney Day celebrations. This year the theme is based on "Kidney Diseases and Children. Act early to prevent it".
What do Kidney’s do?
Kidneys are two bean-shaped organs with million tiny filters that filter the blood. When the fluid passes through the kidney, the filters sift and hold on to the nutrients that are required for the body and the harmful waste is routed to the nearby bladder and flushed away as urine. Kidneys also produce various hormones which control the blood pressure, helps in the formation of red blood cells and vitamin D which keeps the bones strong.
Unfortunately, if your kidneys start to malfunction, you might not realize it for a long while. Kidney disease usually doesn’t make you feel sick until the problem becomes serious and irreversible. And if the Kidney function drops it should be a huge concern because all the toxins and extra water start to accumulate in your body which would further lead to other serious health problems.
Kidney Disease in Children
Kidney diseases can affect children in various ways ranging from treatable disorders without long-term consequences to life-threatening conditions.
Acute kidney disease develops suddenly, and can be serious with long-lasting consequences, or may go away completely once the underlying cause has been treated.
Chronic Kidney Diseases (CKD’s) does not go away with treatment. CKD eventually leads to kidney failure; also called as end-stage of kidney disease. This is the stage where the treatment is only with a kidney transplant or dialysis.
Various causes of Kidney Diseases in Children are:
- Birth defects/Hereditary diseases
- Nephrotic syndrome
- Systemic diseases
Treatment of kidney depends upon the cause of illness. Children with high blood pressure are given medications to control the blood pressure. Children who are affected by CKD, dialysis and kidney transplant is the only treatment.
So, if your child has been diagnosed with kidney disease, you are no doubt distressed. But if you stay strong and accept it, you can develop some practical ways to cope with the day-to-day aspects of it. It is important that you should know about the disease and its treatment so that you can actively participate in your child’s care. Along with that, help your child take control of the illness, help your child understand diet restrictions and do not ever let the medicine time ruin your day.
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