Skip to main content

Sponsored Content

Kidney Disease and Children: Put Prevention Into Practice

Mar 09, 2016 02:38AM ● Published by Family Features

Kidney disease is not a health problem reserved for adults: children may have kidney disease or health problems that can increase their chance of developing kidney disease as adults.

Health problems or conditions present at birth are the main cause of kidney disease in children. Health issues that may begin early in life and continue into adulthood, such as obesity, could lead to kidney disease later on.

The body has two kidneys, which filter extra water and waste from blood to make urine. They also help control blood pressure and make hormones the body needs to stay healthy. Kidney disease prevents the kidneys from filtering blood as they should. This damage can cause waste to build up in the body, leading to serious health problems.

A child with kidney disease may have pain in the back, side or lower belly; frequent dehydration; burning or pain when urinating or swelling in the feet, ankles or legs. Some children have no symptoms that are obvious to their parents or caregivers, but a doctor can detect problems during a regular medical checkup.

When Children Are Overweight or Obese

Overweight and obese children and teenagers have a greater chance of developing health problems as they get older, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney disease.

About one in three children and teens in the United States are overweight or obese. Childhood overweight and obesity rates are higher among African Americans, putting them at greater risk for health problems, including kidney disease. For example, about one in four black youths are considered obese compared with one in six white youths.

Although it can take years for diabetes to cause kidney disease, research shows that more 20- to 39-year-old African Americans are developing kidney disease, which may be due to more people becoming obese and being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at younger ages.

Preventing Kidney Disease: What You Can Do?

If you think your child may have kidney disease, ask your health care provider about getting him or her tested. Providers test for kidney disease with a urine test that checks for albumin, a type of protein in urine, and a blood test that shows how well the kidneys are filtering. Detecting and managing the disease early is critical to delaying or preventing kidney failure.

You can help protect your children from kidney disease and its causes, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, later in life by having you entire family adopt a healthy lifestyle. Healthy eating habits and regular physical activity can help you, your children and other family members maintain a healthy weight and reduce the chances of developing health problems. Here are some tips for getting started:

Get moving. Encourage your children to be more active. Limit TV and computer time to no more than two hours a day and ask your children to suggest ideas for being active instead. You can involve the whole family in a walk or bike ride to the playground, a game of touch football or a dance party. Children should get an hour of physical activity every day.

Support healthy eating habits. Be a role model for healthy eating by choosing healthy snacks and cooking meals that include vegetables, fruits, lean meats and whole grains. Replace soda and other sweet drinks with water or juice with no added sugar. Avoid alcohol, and if you or your children smoke, join them in taking steps to quit. Ask your children to go grocery shopping with you and let them help plan and prepare family meals and pack their own healthy lunches. Try to eat together as a family as often as possible.

Communicate. Talk about why it is important to make healthy decisions. During family activities, discuss how being active helps bodies grow stronger and stay healthy. Chat about how to make healthy choices about food and activities at school, at friends' houses and other places outside of the home.

"This March, during National Kidney Month - and throughout the year - the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) encourages African Americans and others at risk for developing kidney disease to learn about kidney health," said Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers, NIDDK director. "Developing healthy lifestyle habits can help your children and entire family avoid kidney disease and other serious health problems."

The NIDDK website has more information about kidney disease and related health topics. You also can connect with the NIDDK on Facebook and Twitter.

Photo courtesy of Getty images (patient and doctor)

Sponsored by NIDDK

Family Features Family Features Lifestyle
  • 3D Printing 101

    01/23/2018
    04:30PM — 05:30PM

    Have a child or teenager interested in learning the basics of creating and printing on a 3D print...


  • Citizenship Classes

    01/24/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    NINE WEEK COURSE Beginning Wednesday, January 17th MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 5:00-7:30 P.M....


  • Heart Notes with Ashana Sophia

    01/24/2018
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    From the atoms that make up your body to the spiraling Milky Way galaxy, everything is an express...


  • Cinema on the Bayou

    01/24/2018
    06:30PM

    The 13th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival has selected nearly 180 films, including World, U.S. a...


  • Free-Throw Thursdays

    01/25/2018
    04:00PM — 05:00PM

    Every Thursday of the months of January and February join friends and fellow basketball lovers fo...


  • Tutor Training Workshop

    01/25/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    TUTOR TRAINING WORKSHOP Thursday, January 25 and Thursday, February 1 5:00-7:30 p.m. Tu...


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • Blowout Book Sale

    01/27/2018
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Come to the Hilliard Store for a blowout book sale! Select titles will up to 50% off. Members can...


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • Citizenship Classes

    01/29/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    NINE WEEK COURSE Beginning Wednesday, January 17th MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 5:00-7:30 P.M....


  • 3D Printing 101

    01/23/2018
    04:30PM — 05:30PM

    Have a child or teenager interested in learning the basics of creating and printing on a 3D print...


  • Citizenship Classes

    01/24/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    NINE WEEK COURSE Beginning Wednesday, January 17th MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 5:00-7:30 P.M....


  • Heart Notes with Ashana Sophia

    01/24/2018
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    From the atoms that make up your body to the spiraling Milky Way galaxy, everything is an express...


  • Cinema on the Bayou

    01/24/2018
    06:30PM

    The 13th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival has selected nearly 180 films, including World, U.S. a...


  • Free-Throw Thursdays

    01/25/2018
    04:00PM — 05:00PM

    Every Thursday of the months of January and February join friends and fellow basketball lovers fo...


  • Tutor Training Workshop

    01/25/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    TUTOR TRAINING WORKSHOP Thursday, January 25 and Thursday, February 1 5:00-7:30 p.m. Tu...


  • Blowout Book Sale

    01/27/2018
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Come to the Hilliard Store for a blowout book sale! Select titles will up to 50% off. Members can...


  • Citizenship Classes

    01/29/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    NINE WEEK COURSE Beginning Wednesday, January 17th MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 5:00-7:30 P.M....


  • Citizenship Classes

    01/31/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    NINE WEEK COURSE Beginning Wednesday, January 17th MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 5:00-7:30 P.M....


  • Flex your creative writing muscles at a literature workshop organized by the Acadiana Writing Pro...


  • Free-Throw Thursdays

    02/01/2018
    04:00PM — 05:00PM

    Every Thursday of the months of January and February join friends and fellow basketball lovers fo...


  • Tutor Training Workshop

    02/01/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    TUTOR TRAINING WORKSHOP Thursday, January 25 and Thursday, February 1 5:00-7:30 p.m. Tu...


  • During February's workshop, the legendary Jackie Miller of Iota, Louisiana, will be leading a tra...


  • Courir de Mardi Gras

    02/04/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Join us at Vermilionville on Sunday, February 4th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, as we bring a tra...


  • Citizenship Classes

    02/05/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    NINE WEEK COURSE Beginning Wednesday, January 17th MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 5:00-7:30 P.M....


  • Trivia Time

    02/05/2018
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    Think you know your trivia? Have you watched way too many Rom-Coms and think you can beat out oth...


  • Toddler Time

    02/07/2018
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Parents and their children will enjoy story time, songs with finger play, participate in a hands-...


  • Citizenship Classes

    02/07/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    NINE WEEK COURSE Beginning Wednesday, January 17th MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 5:00-7:30 P.M....


  • Join the theatre department as select students perform pieces of poetry, monologues, and short sc...


  • Lafayette Reads Together Film Screening

    02/07/2018
    06:00PM — 07:45PM

    As a part of the Lafayette Read Together event, two films will be screened in February for those ...


  • Free-Throw Thursdays

    02/08/2018
    04:00PM — 05:00PM

    Every Thursday of the months of January and February join friends and fellow basketball lovers fo...


  • Dentistry from the Heart

    02/09/2018
    07:00AM — 01:00PM

    Quest Pediatric Dentistry is hosting its annual Free Pediatric Dentistry day. We are offering a f...


  • 3D Printing 101

    02/09/2018
    01:30PM — 02:30PM

    Have a child or teenager interested in learning the basics of creating and printing on a 3D print...


  • Yoga in the Galleries

    02/10/2018
    11:00AM

    Join us on the second Saturday every month for yoga at the Hilliard Museum led by an RYT-200 cert...


  • Citizenship Classes

    02/12/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    NINE WEEK COURSE Beginning Wednesday, January 17th MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 5:00-7:30 P.M....


 

 

January 2018 - 10th Anniversary Issue