Question: My son is 7 years old. He is suffering Nephrotic Syndrome. How much protein should be given to him? Please help me.
Answer: Thanks for your inquiry and trust. As your child has experienced, Nephrotic Syndrome is characterized by urinary excretion of>3g of protein per day due to glomerular disorder plus edema and hypoalbuminemia. Due to so much loss of protein, children are easy to have low immunity and malnutrition. Hence, parents want to give children with protein supplements. But how much protein should be given for children with Nephrotic Syndrome.
In general, protein intake recommended for Children is not more than 0.6g per kilogram of body weight. What’s more, among these protein foods, more of them should be high-quality protein. In that case, animal protein is better than plant protein. Fish, lean meat, whole grains, fresh vegetables and fruits are good choices.
Except for protein, you should also be concerned about the sodium, potassium, phosphorous intake. Ask your doctor to plan a kidney-friendly diet for you child. You can also send his or her test report to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we are glad to provide you some suggestions for free of charge.
One more thing you should know is that Nephrotic Syndrome cannot be cured by diet. Timely and appropriate is very important. I recommend you to take Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which is more safe and effective for children than oral medicines such as steroids and ACEIs or ARBs. If you are interested in our treatments, please do not hesitate to contact us!