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‘Kidney Diseases and Children-Act Early to Prevent it’!

12-Mar-2016.By: Machi Solomon

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Our kidneys are the most important storehouse of essential energy in the body. They do not only filter waste from the blood and balance fluids in the body, they also produce balanced chemicals that are necessary for the body to function appropriately.

This year’s #WorldKidneyDay, being celebrated today, is themed ‘Kidney Diseases and Children-Act Early to Prevent it’!. It emphasizes the importance of general public aware of kidney diseases which affect millions of people worldwide, including many children who may be at risk of kidney disease at an early age.
Fidson Healthcare Plc, therefore, joins the World Kidney Day team to encourage and facilitate education, early detection and a healthy lifestyle in children to combat the increase of preventable kidney damage including acute kidney injury and chronic kidney.
Kidney diseases, (Chronic and Acute kidney) are silent killers, which will largely affect millions of people worldwide, including our little children who appears to be at greater risk of kidney disease at an early age. This year, we join #WorldKidneyDay to encourage and educate you all on how to provide a healthy lifestyle for your children, starting from birth and as they grow older. The essence of this is to combat the increase of preventable kidney damage in children and to treat those with inborn and acquired disorders of the kidney.
So friends, let's join forces with the world to inform parents, youths, young patients and even the general public of the significance of identifying and treating childhood kidney diseases, by creating an awareness of the risks for their future from kidney damage even at birth, therefore building healthier future generations!
Causes of Kidney disease in children
When a child is between the age of 0-4 years, birth defects and hereditary diseases are more likely to be the leading causes of kidney failure. As the child grows older from 5-14 years, hereditary disease, nephrotic syndrome, and systematic diseases could cause kidney failure in the child. Between the age of 15-19, the glomeruli (which is a tiny unit within the kidney where blood is cleaned) is been affected by the disease and hereditary diseases becomes less common in them. Kidney disease in children can be caused by trauma, urine blockage or reflux, infection, birth defects, hereditary diseases, and systematic diseases.
Before a child can be treated from kidney disease, a healthcare provider needs to know the cause of the illness. In other words, a child who is infected with urinary tract disease, bladder problem or kidney failure is being referred to a pediatric nephrologist for treatment, whereas a child whose kidney disease is caused by high blood pressure may need to take prescribed medications to help lower the blood pressure. Therefore, you can see that methods of treatment will differ depending on the cause of illness in the child.
HOW CAN YOU REDUCE THE RISK OF DEVELOPING KIDNEY DISEASE IN CHILDREN
1.By keeping them fit and active: Children loves exercising and being active on regular basis. As parents, let’s not restrict them when they intend to go out and play, because the exercise they engage in will help keep them fit and active, thereby enabling for easy passage of blood through their body.
2.Ensure that their intake of sugar is controlled: We all know that sugar is good for kids, but when something becomes too much, it becomes too bad and dangerous, therefore, let’s try as parents by keeping in control the amount of sugar content our children take.
3.By monitoring your blood pressure: Children also have high blood pressure, which could be hereditary or obesity. Once a child is said to have high blood pressure, it is important that the parent constantly check the child BP because this can also cause chronic kidney disease in them.
4.By eating nutritional meals: eating healthy is also an important way of preventing your child from having kidney disease. Research has shown that when children are given healthy nutritional meals, they are less prone to kidney disease.
These are also other ways on how to reduce the risk of kidney disease in children; emptying the bladder early, drinking enough water, not taking too much salt, and not taking too much of cold food and ice drinks, most especially ice cream.


Last Updated: 30-Jun-2016 07:39 PM

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