Treatments for Kidney Failure in Children
Treating children with kidney failure is a team effort between your family, your child and your specialized care team. Our doctors are exceptional at what they do and will work towards the long-term good health of your child, while slowing the decline of kidney function. As you consider your child’s options, know that we specialize in both types of blood-filtering methods: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.
If your child's kidney disease progresses to the point of needing a kidney transplant, our skilled transplant team are your champions and expert resources whenever you need us. Thanks to our pioneering research, steroids are no longer necessary post-surgery to maintain the body's acceptance of the new kidney.
Treatments We Provide
When your child has a kidney transplant, the surgeon replaces a non-functioning kidney with a healthy kidney. Lifelong medical care is always needed following a transplant.
Hemodialysis uses a machine to filter waste and extra fluid from the blood. The procedure is usually done in a dialysis center, three or more times a week. Peritoneal dialysis is more commonly used for children.
Peritoneal dialysis is more convenient than hemodialysis. It uses the body's peritoneal membrane to filter the blood continuously from home, during the day or at night.
After transplant surgery, immunosuppressant medicine is needed to prevent infection and reduce the chance of your child's body rejecting the new kidney.