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Renal Difficulties in Children

Renal difficulty has to do with the kidneys.

Unfortunately, just like with adults, there are renal issues in children as well.

The kidneys are a very important part of the body, and often times if they are not functioning the way they should be, it could have something to do with genetics.

Sometimes there are no genetic related issues involved and a child is just born with renal dysfunction.

The role of the kidneys

Kidneys have an important role and that is to ensure that the body’s waste is properly filtered, as well as controlling the levels of water in the body.

Everything is filtered in your body so that you are able to release the wastes through urinating.

Your blood regulation is also processed through your kidneys.

When kidneys don’t function properly

Unfortunately sometimes the kidneys do not develop properly, and this is what can cause renal difficulties in children.

The renal difficulties are often found before a child is even born, during regular ultrasound check-ups.

There are some measures that could come later once the child is born as they grow and develop.

Some of the difficulties that a child might face later on include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Growth retardation
  • Urinary Tract Infections

Some of the mentioned symptoms above can get quite severe which could mean a child needs to stay in extensive care and receive surgical treatment.

Hormones & Kidney Failure

There are three hormones that are produced by the kidneys which are important to how the kidneys function.

These hormones are:

  • Erythropoietin
  • Renin
  • Vitamin D

Renal difficulties in children can cause renal failure, and when this happens the kidneys usually slow down or they stop working which means that they are not properly filtering the wastes that are in the body.

When the wastes build up toxins are released into the body which can lead to many other issues such as heart failure and shock if not treated.



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