Pediatric nephrology is the field of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of kidney-related medical issues in children. A pediatric nephrologist has the skills and experience to diagnose and treat kidney diseases, urinary tract problems, kidney stones etc. in children. It means a pediatric nephrologist is a doctor who has trained in pediatrics and then trained to take care of children affected with kidney-related problems.
When Should You Visit a Pediatric Nephrologist?
The functioning of the kidneys is measured using eGFR (estimated glomerular filtration rate). The eGFR number is determined based on age, sex, race, and body type. If the eGFR of your child is less than 30, you should consult a pediatric nephrologist immediately. Both heart and kidneys have a connection and hence kidney disease can also lead to heart disease. To prevent serious complications, you should talk to your doctor right away.
You should also consider visiting a pediatric nephrologist if you notice the following in your child:
- Changes in urine
- Swelling of legs, feet, and ankles
- Change of urine colour
- Retention of fluid
- High fever that does not come down
Different Treatments Offered by a Pediatric Nephrologist
Pediatric nephrologist specializes in diagnosing, treating, and managing the following conditions in children:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Obstructive uropathy
- Multicystic dysplastic kidneys
- Focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis
- Blood in urine
- Lupus nephritis
- Kidney stones
- Nephrotic syndrome
- Pediatric hypertension
- Polycystic kidney disease
- Posterior urethral valves
- Renal hypoplasia/dysplasia
- Kidney failure
- Inherited kidney diseases
Pediatric nephrologists consist of a team of specialized nurses, dieticians, and caretakers to take proper care of the children suffering from kidney diseases. They also work with other specialists such as pediatric urologists, pediatric radiologists, and pediatric surgeons.
What Services Does a Pediatric Nephrologist Offer?
Pediatric nephrologists offer the following services for children affected with kidney diseases:
- Hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis for children suffering from end-stage renal disease
- Kidney transplantation
- Kidney biopsies
- Study of X-ray of kidneys
- Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring
- Assessment of kidney structure and its functions
Renown Kidney Clinic – The Best Care for Children
If your child has any signs of kidney problems or urinary tract problems, visit Renown Kidney Clinic today. We have a team of pediatric nephrologists who are highly skilled and specialized at offering the best pediatric care for children with different kidney problems. You can count on them for the best services. Children need to be handled carefully and their treatment also varies from that of adults. Our pediatric nephrologists are trained on how to deal with children and how to let them relax. We also have the special infrastructure and medical equipment to deal with and treat children. You just need to visit us and you can be assured that your child will receive the best possible care.