When parents first hear their children have kidney disease, they are wondering what they can do to help their babies to manage it. Enlarged kidney in children is nor rare. This article is about the cause and treatment of that condition. I hope this article can give you some guidance.
Get facts on enlarged kidney in children
Enlarged kidneys, also known as hydronephrosis, in children result when abnormalities from during early growth of the kidneys, changing their size, appearance and function. Enlarged kidneys result from three primary factors. The condition can range from mild to moderate to severe.
The discharge of the urine is obstructed, thus retaining in the kidneys. Urine retention leads to a high pressure inside the kidneys, and then makes the pelvis enlarged. Any narrowed area or obstruction in the urinary tract can cause hydronephrosis that is one the reason why the kidneys larger than normal size.
Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is a genetic disorder that can pass down the next generation. It is characterized by a cluster of cysts on both of the kidneys. Those fluid-filled sacs can grow to a large size, which will lead to a enlarged kidney. This type is ARPKD (Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease), which babies are born with.
3. Acute nephritis
It means inflammation occur on the surface or inside the kidneys. That can also be the cause of kidney enlargement.
1. If your child is diagnosed with hydronephrosis, he or she will undergo examination by a pediatric urologist. Usually, antibiotic treatment is prescribed by the doctor and it can successfully treats the condition. If the condition is severe, a surgery may be necessary.
2. If the real cause is Polycystic Kidney Disease, to shrink the kidney cyst should be the key. Diuretics and surgery may be recommended, while I do not think it is safe for the children. You may as well try therapies that are performed externally and are based on Traditional Chinese Medicines which are also natural for treating other kidney diseases.
Whatever, you should let the doctor take an examination of your child to find the real cause. Then you can send the test report to us, and our doctors will give you some suggestions for free of charge.