Kidney Disease in Children

Kidney disease can affect children in various ways, ranging from treatable disorders without long-term consequences to life-threatening conditions.

Eating Right for Chronic Kidney Disease

You may need to change what you eat to manage your chronic kidney disease (CKD). Work with a registered dietitian to develop a meal plan that includes foods that you enjoy eating while maintaining your kidney health.

Preventing Chronic Kidney Disease

You can protect your kidneys by preventing or managing health conditions that cause kidney damage, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. The steps described below may help keep your whole body healthy, including your kidneys.

During your next medical visit, you may want to ask your health care provider about your kidney health. Early kidney disease may not have any symptoms, so getting tested may be the only way to know your kidneys are healthy. Your health care provider will help decide how often you should be tested.

See a provider right away if you develop a urinary tract infection (UTI), which can cause kidney damage if left untreated.

Race, Ethnicity and Kidney Disease

African Americans, Hispanics, and American Indians are at high risk for developing kidney failure. This risk is due in part to high rates of diabetes and high blood pressure in these communities. 

Keeping Kidneys Safe - Know How Medicines Affect the Kidneys (Video)

If you have diabetes or kidney disease, it’s important to be careful about the medicines you take. This video describes how the kidneys work and how certain medicines affect the kidneys. 

3 Questions to Start the Conversation about Kidney Health (Video)

If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, or a family history of kidney failure or heart disease, you are at greater risk for kidney disease. The sooner you find out you have kidney disease, the sooner you can get treatment. Ask these key questions to start a conversation with your health care provider about kidney health.

High Blood Pressure & Kidney Disease

High blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure in the United States after diabetes.

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