Understanding kidney disease in children


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

  1. Learn as much about your child’s disease and its treatment as you possibly can.
  2. Encourage your child to ask questions not only of you but of doctors, nurses and other health professionals.
  3. 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.
  4. Help your child understand that the doctors, nurses, social workers, dietitians, laboratory personnel and everyone else is on his or her side.

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