Nephritis in Children

Our children's kidney experts will do an evaluation of your child's nephritis condition to identify the cause and provide treatment recommendations. Sometimes, medicine or even dialysis is needed to remove extra fluid and control the high blood pressure. If your child’s illness gets worse quickly, we may prescribe other medicines to help the immune system function the way it should.

Spectrum Health also has scientists and doctors leading important clinical trials and research into new ways to treat nephritis. It’s one of the reasons we’ve been nationally recognized for treating kids with kidney troubles.

Treatments for Nephritis in Children

At Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, we'll put our extensive pediatric kidney care expertise to work on your child's nephritis. The good news: most children recover from nephritis. 

Sometimes medicine or even dialysis is needed to remove extra fluid and control high blood pressure. If your child’s illness gets worse quickly, we may prescribe other medicines to help the immune system function the way it should. 

Our pediatric nephrology treatment sometimes includes plasmapheresis, which is a process to remove harmful proteins from your child's blood. You'll also find the newest discoveries here. Our scientists and physicians are leading important clinical trials and research into new therapies for nephritis.

Blood Pressure Medicine
Medicine may be prescribed to control high blood pressure, or to help the immune system function properly.

Hemodialysis
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
Peritoneal dialysis uses the body's peritoneal membrane beneath the abdominal wall to filter the blood. This treatment can be done continuously, during the day or at night.

Plasmapheresis
This blood filtering process helps to remove harmful proteins from the blood.