The spike in cases of mysterious acute kidney failure in children in recent months has made parents more alert. Although acute kidney failure in children is idiopathic or the cause is not known for certain, it is thought to occur due to the consumption of ethylene glycol and diethylene glycol contamination in syrup drugs consumed by children. Therefore, parents are encouraged to be more careful in choosing and giving syrup to children. In addition, the National Kidney Foundation also provides tips for parents and children to maintain the health of their children's kidneys.
1. Regular exercise
Regular physical activity and exercise help the kidneys stay healthy by increasing the circulation of immune cells. Just light exercise such as walking or walking the dog, and limiting time playing gadgets or watching tv.
2. Limit sugar intake
Too much sugar can increase the risk of diabetes which puts a strain on the kidneys. Cut down on sugary drinks, such as soda, juice, and bottled drinks. Also limit sugary snacks, cereals, breads and sweet sauces. Replace snacks with fruits that are healthy and contain natural sugars.
3. Meet fluid needs
Water helps the kidneys remove waste from the blood in the form of urine, it also helps blood to flow freely through the kidneys and throughout the body. Make sure your child's fluid needs are met, especially when they are active or the weather is hot. Having enough water can prevent mild dehydration that causes fatigue, or more severe dehydration that interferes with normal body functions, and very severe dehydration that causes kidney damage.
4. Limit salt intake
Too much sodium can make the body retain more water, which raises blood pressure and puts a strain on various parts of the body, including the blood vessels and kidneys. High blood pressure can damage the kidneys as children age. Limit consumption of table salt, salty snacks, processed foods, and fast foods that contain high amounts of sodium.
5. Maintain weight
Too much fat and calories can lead to weight gain leading to serious health problems like diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, and other problems. Children with obesity are at a higher risk of developing kidney disease over time. Reinforce a healthy diet and good nutrition, prepare meals of appropriate portion sizes, or discuss with a healthcare provider an appropriate weight range or age-appropriate weight loss measures, and consider health before starting a new diet or activity.
6. Take medicine properly
If your child needs to take certain medications, it's important to stick to a medication schedule, read medication labels, make sure not to overdose them, and avoid long-term use. Discuss with your child's healthcare provider before using any medication.
7. Routine check up
Regular check-ups can overall give an idea of the health status and look for possible problems. This is especially true if your child has unusual symptoms, such as feeling tired, having trouble sleeping, difficulty concentrating, poor appetite, problems with urinating, swollen feet and ankles, and/or swelling around their eyes.
Consult a doctor to get the right diagnosis. You can consult via video call or make a hospital appointment through the easy and practical mDoc application. Do not delay until the child's condition worsens. Download mDoc now!