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Patient Resources Education Kidney disease in children

Kidney disease in children, also called pediatric kidney disease, often has causes that are different from those that usually account for kidney disease in adults.

Causes of kidney disease in children

Children often develop kidney disease for different reasons than adults do.

Stages of kidney disease in children

Kidney disease in children is diagnosed the same way it is in adults. A urine test, blood test, imaging test, or kidney biopsy can help determine if something is wrong with the kidneys.

Complications of kidney disease in children

When a child has kidney disease, the kidneys do not filter waste from their body in the way that healthy kidneys do. Toxins and wastes can build up in the blood leading to complications.

Treatments for kidney failure in children

As with adults, there are treatments that can allow children with kidney disease to live long, healthy lives.

Kidney transplant in children

Kidney transplant is considered the best treatment option for kidney failure in both adults and children. Having a kidney transplant means your child does not need dialysis. If possible, it is better for a child to have a transplant instead of starting dialysis. Dialysis is a time-consuming process that puts stress on the entire body.