India has seen a disturbing rise in cases of juvenile chronic kidney disease in the past decade. While the disease generally tends to affect adults and children alike, recent findings have begun to find trends that point towards a sharp increase in cases of chronic kidney disease among India’s younger demographic.
Kidney diseases can bear a heavy toll on your child's physical and mental development in their formative years. The disease can manifest itself as Acute or Chronic, depending on the intensity of the disease. Acute renal failure is a condition that can come out of the blue and potentially be reversed. However Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), as its name suggests, is a more progressive condition that is characterized by a gradual to permanent loss in renal (kidney) function that could be caused due to a host of reasons like:
It is important to consult your local physician if your child begins to exhibit telltale symptoms of Chronic Kidney Disease like,
Based on the above symptoms, your paediatrician can go on to prescribe a few tests to confirm CKD. These include:
Once confirmed, your doctor might recommend some of the below treatment strategies depending on your child's case and kidney function:
Bringing up your precious child under the looming shadow of Chronic Kidney Disease requires a clear and thought out an action plan with regular consultations and follow-ups with your child's paediatrician.
Your goal as a parent should be to keep yourself updated about all the cutting edge news about kidney disease research, continue to find better ways to control the symptoms of the disease or slow down any further organ deterioration, and most importantly be the emotional pillar your child needs you to be during these tumultuous times.