March is dedicated to bringing awareness to our Kidneys! Kidneys play a critical role in our bodies. They are basically our bodies filtering system, helping to control water levels and eliminate waste through urine. Your Kidneys can also help keep your blood pressure in control, create red blood cells, and control levels of calcium and minerals. As you can see, our kidneys are vital to to help keep our bodies in check.
Kidneys sometimes do not develop properly when children are growing, and this can result in their kidneys not functioning as they should. Many times kidney issues in children are genetic. Many problems with the kidneys can usually be diagnosed before a baby is born with prenatal testing and treated properly.
Here are some known Childhood Kidney Diseases:
Posterior urethral valve obstruction: Narrowing or obstruction of the urethra affects only boys. Can be diagnosed before the baby is born or just after and treated with surgery.
Polycystic kidney disease (PKD)
Multicystic kidney disease (MKD),
Renal tubular acidosis
Congenital problems with the urinary tract
This site has even more information about Children and Kidney disease.