Half of the kidney transplants in children come from a living donor, usually a parent or other close family member.
- Living Donor Kidney – A kidney from a living donor often has advantages over a kidney from a recently deceased individual.
- A kidney from a parent is guaranteed to match on at least three of six proteins, which means it is less likely to be rejected.
- With a living donation, there is additional time to pre plan and schedule the operation.
- Psychological benefits of knowing that the donation came from a caring family member.
- Live kidneys are more likely to be in good condition, because they do not need to be transplanted.
Children with Chronic Kidney Disease: Tips for Parents
Learn about the disease and its treatments
- Learn as much about your child’s disease and its treatment as you possibly can.
- Encourage your child to ask questions not only of you but of doctors, nurses and other health professionals.
- Don’t try to explain more than your child can understand, but don’t lie and don’t apologize for any treatments or procedures that have to be followed.
- Help your child understand that the doctors, nurses, social workers, dietitians, laboratory personnel and everyone else is on his or her side.