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What to Eat for Children with Nephrotic Syndrome

What to Eat for Children with Nephrotic SyndromeWhat to eat for children with Nephrotic Syndrome? As their parents, we should not only care about their medical treatment, but also their diet. As the saying goes, a cure from chronic disease depends on 30 % medical treatment and 70 % daily care. Therefore, importance should be attached to the daily care, especially their diet.

Patients with Nephrotic Syndrome often have massive proteinuria, severe edema, hyperlipemia and hypoproteinemia. Reasonable diet can help eliminate these symptoms.

Salt restriction

Salt retains more water in the body so as to worsen edema, so Nephrotic Syndrome patients are often asked to restrict the intake of sodium. How much salt you can take depend on the severity of edema. If you have severe edema, salt should be avoided. If you have slight edema, a low salt intake about 3 g is allowed. When edema disappears and plasma protein recovers, you can restore the salt intake.

Protein intake

For adults with Nephrotic Syndrome, they should follow a low protein diet, but for children patients, they need a lot of protein to satisfy the need of body, therefore, children can enjoy the intake of protein, but high quality protein is preferred, because such kind of protein provides the essential amino acids so as to reduce the waste product. Egg white, lean meat, fish, poultry without skin are all high quality protein.

Fat intake

Nephrotic Syndrome patients often have hyperlipemia. If their disease is caused by Minimal Change Disease, their medical condition can be improved in short-term, so there is no need to restrict fat intake. But it is caused by Membranous Nephropathy, FSGS and some other Refractory Nephrotic Syndrome, high cholesterol level may cause arteriosclerosis, so they should control the intake of fat.

Vitamins, calcium and trace elements intake

When glomerular basement membrane permeability increases, protein leaks into the urine. Vitamins, calcium and trace elements will also lose. Therefore, we should supplement them timely trough diet. Fresh vegetables and fruits are good choice for children.

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