It is estimated that each year, 1 in 65,000 children in the United States has kidney failure. Children with kidney failure have a different experience with this disease than adults.
Kidney failure can have a negative impact on a child’s growth, bone strength, and nerves. The kidneys are our body’s filters, so when the kidneys do not work in the right way, too much waste can build up that is supposed to be filtered out. This can affect a child’s brain development and function, causing learning disabilities.
Kidney transplant is considered the best treatment option for adults, as well as children, who have kidney failure. Having a kidney transplant means your child would not have to do dialysis, which takes up lots of time and could disrupt your child’s social and school life.