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Nutrition and renal failure
The kidneys are responsible for many functions in the body. They help control the body's fluid and electrolyte (mineral) balance and also help the body remove waste products (products that the body cannot use). When the kidneys are not functioning properly, these waste products can build up in the body and make your child feel sick. This can cause your child to have a poor appetite, which can contribute to poor growth and development. The goal of the diet for children with renal failure is to encourage adequate intake to promote growth, while controlling intake of protein, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, and fluid, as needed. The amount of dietary restriction is individualized for each child depending on his/her age, degree of renal failure, type of treatment (dialysis vs. predialysis), medications, and laboratory values.
Listed in the directory below is some additional information regarding nutrition and renal failure, for which we have provided a brief overview.
For established patients with questions about their child’s care, contact the Renal and Hypertension Clinic nurse:
For established Dialysis patients with questions about their child’s care, contact the Dialysis Unit:
To make an appointment for anything other than dialysis, call:
Toll-free (877) 607-5280
To request a dialysis appointment, call:
For those needing assistance for coordinating their care with multiple sub-specialists' appointments, or for attending the PKD Clinic for the first time, please contact our Renal Clinic nurse at (414) 266-2018.