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Diet Fitted for 8 Years Old Child with Nephrotic Syndrome

Question: My nephew is a 8 years old boy who are diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome since he was 3 years old. I wanna know what diet will be fitted for him?

Diet Fitted for 8 Years Old Child with Nephrotic SyndromeAnswer: Hi, thanks for emailing us. You asked for diet for your 8 years old nephew who is a Nephrotic Syndrome, and the following is the guidance. Hope it is helpful for you.

1. Protein intake

The recommended dietary allowances for protein are based on body weight and include age-related adjustments for the extra protein needed for growth. Generally, for a 8 years old boy, he needs 0.45 grams of protein per pound of body weight. However, for your nephew, he must be careful about his protein intake, because high protein intake may cause extra burden on kidney and if he ingests less protein everyday, his growth will be affected. Considering this point, I’d like to ask is his proteinuria under control? If yes, he needs to limit protein intake according to residual kidney function. If no, then I am afraid he needs to ingest more protein to replenish the one lost in urine. (You can tell me more about his GFR and creatinine level, so that I can help to figure out the exact amount of protein)

2. Fluid intake

Nephrotic Syndrome usually causes fluid retention. Is your nephew suffering such a problem? If he is experiencing severe edema, fluid limitation is needed. His parents need to record how much fluid, soup also included, he ingests everyday. (This article will be helpful if he needs to limit fluid intake: How to control fluid intake well with Nephrotic Syndrome)

3. Vitamin supplements

Due to severe diet restriction, he suffers from vitamin deficiency easily. Therefore, while arranging daily diet, foods rich in vitamin should be included. Besides, if he fails to get enough vitamin from diet, he can take some vitamin supplements.

Actually, not only for children suffering from Nephrotic Syndrome, but also for adults who are living with Nephrotic Syndrome, the diet should be arranged according to their specific illness condition. Also, if their illness deteriorates quickly, they need to make diet changes frequently.

Hope the above information is helpful for you. If you have any other questions on kidney disease or want to get more personalized and professional treatment suggestions, please leave a message below.

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