How is a kidney injury treated?
Most kidney injuries are treated with bed rest.
The goal of treatment is to keep your child's kidneys functioning and in good health. In most cases, kidney injuries are treated without surgery. Children are placed on bed rest for five to seven days until the visible blood in their urine clears up. Additionally, blood tests may be completed to monitor for internal bleeding.
Sometimes, kids need surgery.
If the kidney is severely damaged, a procedure may be required to stop the bleeding. After surgery, the child stays in the hospital until the organ starts healing. Once they are discharged, your child may have limited activity for a period of time.
What to expect when you leave the hospital
Sometimes the blood in the child's urine has not completely resolved before being discharged. In this case, the child should follow-up with his or her pediatrician every week to test for blood in the urine.
After a child has experienced an injury to their kidney, they should have their blood pressure checked by the pediatrician at least once a year depending on the severity of the injury.
Why choose Children's Colorado for your child's kidney injury?
We are a nationally-ranked children's hospital in the U.S. as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. We also have a Level 1 Regional Pediatric Trauma Center, which means that our specialists can treat even the most complex injuries or diseases.
All of our specialists, including doctors and nurses, are specially trained to take care of children. That means when your child is treated at here, we provide family-centered care to help you and your get back to normal life.