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Improving the understanding, detection, and management of kidney disease.

Make The Kidney Connection News
June 27, 2011

Kidney Disease in Kids: What Parents Should Know


People often associate kidney disease with older adults; however, as Dr. Marva Moxey-Mims of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) says, parents need to be concerned about their children’s kidney health, too.

“People tend not to realize just how much our kidneys do. In addition to eliminating wastes and excess water, our kidneys help to keep our bones strong in addition to making the hormone that stimulates our bone marrow to make red blood cells (preventing anemia),” said Dr. Moxey-Mims, NIH Director of Pediatric Nephrology.

For adults and children alike, testing is the key.

The National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) NKDEP offers parents Is My Child at Risk for Kidney Disease, a free brochure that includes simple proactive steps that parents can take, such as:

An image of the cover of Is my child at risk for kidney disease brochure.

Parents can help their children stay kidney healthy!

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