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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Healthy kidneys remove waste from your blood and produce hormones your body needs. If your kidneys fail, you either need a kidney transplant or dialysis. Dialysis is a procedure that uses a machine to perform many of the functions ...

of the kidney. Dialysis can help prevent problems resulting from kidney failure and it allows people with kidney failure to live productive lives. Dialysis filters your blood, and like a health kidney, removes waste from your blood. Patients using dialysis are also required to follow a strict diet in order to stay healthy. There are two types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. There are different advantages and disadvantages with both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Talk to your doctor about which type of dialysis would work better for you.

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