Kidney Disease in Children Q & A
You should come see us here at Night Lite Pediatrics if your child has kidney disease or you believe your child might have it. We can do a lot for your child, like providing ongoing care as well as urgent care services whenever your child needs us. Call us now. We serve patients from Greater Orlando, Jacksonville, Melbourne and Port St Lucie.
How does kidney disease affect children?
The condition can affect a child in various ways. In fact, the condition can be life-threatening in some cases, or in others, much less serious and without long-term consequences. There are ways of managing and treating the condition. Acute kidney disease develops suddenly, can be serious, and lasts a short time, but may have long-term effects. The underlying cause can be treated, though, and the condition can be cured this way. Chronic kidney disease can’t be cured, tends to get worse over time, and eventually leads to kidney failure, but it’s possible to manage the condition. It may even be possible to address kidney failure with a kidney transplant or a blood-filtering treatment called dialysis.
A child with chronic kidney disease may have a bladder control problem, which is common, as well as behavioral problems, learning problems, trouble concentrating, delayed motor skills development, and/or delayed language skills development. It’s also possible for a child with the disease to grow at a slower rate than their peers.
There are other signs of a kidney problem, like burning or pain during urination, a significant increase in the frequency of urination, blood in the urine, or swelling around the eyes, face, feet, and ankles. These issues require professional attention.
How is kidney disease in children diagnosed?
If you’ve been noticing any of the issues we’ve mentioned with your child, then you should see a doctor about it. The issues may be indicative of kidney disease which requires professional care. If the disease is left untreated, it can be deadly or eventually lead to severe complications.
For diagnosis, the first thing a doctor will do is complete a physical exam, reviewing signs and symptoms, then the doctor will order a test like a:
- Dipstick test for albumin – Albumin in urine is a sign of kidney damage
- Urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio test – This can confirm kidney disease
- Blood test – This can indicate how much blood the kidneys can filter
- Imaging study – To help identify any abnormalities of the kidneys
- Kidney biopsy – This can show the cause of the kidney disease and the extent of damage
Here at Night Lite Pediatrics, we’re fully capable of providing or referring your child for such tests. We’re also fully capable of helping your child if your child does have kidney disease.
How is kidney disease in children treated?
Treatment depends on the cause of a patient’s particular case of the condition. It may be necessary to refer the child to a pediatric nephrologist who is a doctor specialized in treating kidney diseases in children. Some of the treatments we may provide or recommend here at Night Lite Pediatrics are:
- Medicine to lower blood pressure, possibly slowing the progression of kidney disease
- An ACE inhibitor or an ARB to help the heart pump blood
- A diuretic that can increase urine output
- Treatments for anemia and growth failure
- An antibiotic which can treat frequent urinary tract infections
- A corticosteroid in some cases
- Advice about dietary and nutritional needs so a child can eat better to help their kidneys function better
Here at Night Lite Pediatrics, we’re able to provide such treatments as well as the continual support and urgent care services your child may need.
Do you treat kidney disease in children near me?
Yes, we do. Our clinic has multiple locations in Greater Orlando and beyond, so please see our Locations page for the one near you. From that page, you’ll be able to contact the clinic location in your area or book an appointment or consultation for your child.
Don’t hesitate to reach out and connect with us if your child has kidney disease or you believe so. We can provide ongoing and urgent care services, as well as the support of a professional pediatrician.
We look forward to hearing from you soon and helping your child here at Night Lite Pediatrics!