How should I take care of my child if he was born with a single kidney?

If your child was born with a single kidney, looking after his health is the best way to avoid any potential problems in the future. As he gets older, a well-balanced diet, exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight are important. He is unlikely to have health problems because of his single kidney, but should he develop high blood pressure, kidney stones or problems that might affect the kidney, he is more likely to have problems than someone who has two kidneys.
Diana K. Blythe, MD

Caring for a child born with a single kidney depends on whether that kidney is healthy.

If the kidney is healthy, your child only needs to protect their kidney by avoiding contact sports. A single healthy kidney can do the work usually done by two kidneys with ease.

If the single kidney is not healthy, your child will need extra care which will depend on the severity of the kidney problem. Only a nephrologist, or kidney specialist, can determine what that care will be.

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