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What diet should my child follow if he is on peritoneal dialysis?

With peritoneal dialysis, your child's diet should include more protein and limit certain foods high in phosphorus. Since most high-protein foods (dairy products and meats) are also high in phosphorus, your dietitian will help you in choosing foods to use. Usually, there is no need to limit potassium, sodium or fluid. A special vitamin supplement made for people on dialysis may be needed. Infant formula may need to have extra protein or calories added to it.

Children on peritoneal dialysis may not have a good appetite. The extra fluid in the abdomen can make them feel full. Your dietitian may suggest high-protein, high-calorie supplements and frequent, small meals.

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