How is kidney failure treated in children?
Treatment depends on the cause of the kidney failure, on whether it is acute or chronic, and – most importantly – on how severe it is. It also depends on your child's tolerance for certain therapies, and your preferences as a family.
Treatments may include monitoring, medicines and diet changes. When a child's kidney failure is severe, treatment may include dialysis, in which we use a machine to filter waste and water from their blood.
As a final measure, some children with the most severe, chronic kidney failure will need a kidney transplant. This is when we replace one of their kidneys with a healthy kidney donated by another person, living or deceased. One good kidney is enough to keep a person reasonably healthy.
What's life like after a kidney transplant?
Once these patients recover from their transplant surgery, we expect kids who get kidney transplants to live full, normal lives.
They will need to take medicine for the rest of their lives to make sure their body's immune system doesn't fight their new kidney, and they will need regular follow up with laboratory testing.
Why choose Children's Colorado for kidney failure treatment?
Our pediatric kidney care team has vast experience in caring for children with kidney disorders. We are a multidisciplinary group of doctors, nurses, dietitians, social workers and other pediatric professionals providing child-centered care. We also have the only pediatric dialysis and Kidney Transplant Program in the region. This makes us the optimal choice for comprehensive kidney care in children.
In addition, we work closely with our Fetal Care Center, where we can sometimes detect kidney issues even before birth. We also collaborate with other specialties like our Department of Pediatric Urology, where we manage conditions together that involve the kidneys and the lower urinary tract. A common example for such conditions is congenital anomalies of the kidneys and the urinary tract (CAKUT).