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Signs of Chronic Kidney Disease in Kids

From the Show: Wellness for Life
Summary: If your child is experiencing bed-wetting, poor growth, poor appetite, slow weight gain, and lack of energy, it may be a kidney issue.
Air Date: 4/1/16
Duration: 10
Host: Susanne Bennett, DC
Guest Bio: Bradley Warady, MD
Bradley-Warady croppedDr. 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 CKD from around the world. CKiD has led to a number of significant findings and changes in the way children with CKD are treated.




Andrew-Brian-ConnorBrian Connor, 20, was born with kidney disease. Declining kidney function, combined with the reduced effectiveness of two years of dialysis, made it clear a transplant was necessary. Brian received a donation from his identical twin brother in 2015. One year after the transplant, he’s weaned off immuno-suppressant medications. Brian is a junior at The University of Missouri-Columbia, where he’s pursing a major in Communications. He’s a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Brian is from Kansas City, Missouri. 

Andrew Connor, 20, was a perfect match for his identical twin brother, Brian. Andrew donated his kidney in 2015 with no adverse effects. Andrew is a junior at The University of Kansas, where he’s pursing a degree in economics, with a minor in mathematics. He’s a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, involved in the economics club and participates in intramural sports. Andrew is from Kansas City, Missouri.
Signs of Chronic Kidney Disease in Kids
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.
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