Pediatric kidney disease is not as common as adult kidney disease, but the long-term ramifications can be debilitating.
However, if early intervention occurs, most kids won't go on to experience eventual kidney failure.
Some of the symptoms of kidney disease in children include bed-wetting, poor growth, poor appetite, slow weight gain, and lack of energy. Unfortunately, these subtle symptoms can also be indicators of many other issues. Primary care providers need to be aware that kidney disease might be the underlying factor.
Dr. Bradley Warady is the Senior Associate Chair for the Department of Pediatrics and Director, Division of Nephrology at Children's Mercy Kansas City. He is the first pediatric specialist to serve on the board of the National Kidney Foundation in the last decade and also serves as co-principal investigator for the Chronic Kidney Disease in Children (CKiD) study. It is the nation’s largest study of its kind including more than 2,000 children with chronic kidney disease (CKD) from around the world. CKiD has led to a number of significant findings and changes in the way children with CKD are treated.
Listen in as Dr. Warady joins Dr. Susanne to share more about the study, as well as what parents and doctors should be looking out for in terms of pediatric kidney disease.