What foods are restricted for children on hemodialysis?

The following foods are usually restricted for children on hemodialysis:
  • sodium (in canned, processed and packaged foods, and table salt)
  • potassium (found in many vegetables and fruits)
  • fluid (anything that is liquid at room temperature)
  • phosphorus (found in dairy products and meats)
Protein may also be limited, depending on your child’s appetite. It is important that your child eats enough protein, but not too much. Your dietitian will tell you what to feed your child based on his needs. Your child may need a special vitamin supplement made for people on dialysis.

Your child’s appetite may vary. Regular eating times and snacks are needed so your child will eat enough calories.

Continue Learning about Dialysis


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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