Are Your Children at Risk from Kidney Disease?
Our children are precious and we must always be vigilant in guarding them from danger and potential health problems. If you have children, it’s important to start protecting their health, and their kidneys early in life. The most important way to do this is by seeing that they have a healthy diet from the earliest moment of their lives. Restrict sugars, go sparingly on white-flour and introduce them to a variety of fruits and vegetables. Educate their taste buds to enjoy healthy treats, rather than candy and fried foods. Their future health depends a lot on what they learn to eat as children. Remember, kidney damage cannot be reversed, so you can give your children a head start in their future health, by sticking to a healthy lifestyle. They will thank you many years from now, when their health doesn’t start deteriorating as many of their friends, who have not been privileged to have parents who nurtured and educated them in the healthy type of lifestyle, will.
Some Important Points to Remember:
Watch Sugar Intake.
Help to regulate the amount of glucose your children ingest. Sugar is toxic to the kidneys and causes damage to blood vessels. Don’t think that every birthday or every celebration has to have treats made excessively of sugar.
Control blood pressure.
A low-sodium diet, along with regular exercise goes a long way to building healthy blood pressure. If this type of diet and routine is something your children grow up with, you are giving them an insurance policy, of sorts.
If you smoke, you should quit. If not for your own health, but as an example for your children. Smoking is very injurious not only to kidneys, but to heart, lungs, and blood pressure, as well.
Restrict Use of Pain-relievers.
Pain-relievers such as acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen, are injurious to the kidneys. They reduce blood flow to the kidneys, by narrowing the blood vessels. And if you take them with caffeine, the effects are even worse.
Find Out what the Proper Fluid Intake is.
Your doctor, as well as your pediatrician, can educate you as to the proper fluid intake for you and your child. Lots of fluid normally, will help to flush out excess wastes from the body. In later stages of kidney disease however, fluid intake usually will have to be reduced, due to reduced kidney function.
Take Precautions against Infections.
Wash hands often with soap and water. It doesn’t have to be the germ killing kind, and it’s not necessary to use those hand washes you carry around in a bottle. It’s been proven that they are no more effective than regular soap and water. A little good advice is to avoid close contact with people who are ill.
Investigate a Healthy Diet Plan and Stick to It.
Dieticians can help you with setting up a balanced, healthy diet. It’s important to limit foods that contain high amounts of protein, phosphorus, and potassium, especially if you have any type of kidney disease.
Healthy Foods Really Do Taste Good!
There really are nutritious snacks and foods available that do taste good! They may not be as easy to find as the rolls, candies, and salty snacks which are usually found close to the checkout, but they can be found. It just takes a determination to do the very best that you can for yourself, and your family. The extra time you may take now to find and prepare healthier snacks and meals, will pay off big time in better health, and longer years for all of you. Farmer’s markets are great places to find “in season” produce. It’s all fresh, locally grown, and decent prices. Once you discover a place like this, you’re going to want to go there every chance you get. And the aroma when you steam fresh vegetables is out of this world! If you want to get your family in the mood to eat, just steam some sweet potatoes, along with some carrots and broccoli. Then don’t be too surprised when they start coming into the kitchen and asking, “What’s that smell? I’m getting so hungry!” When you whet their appetite in this way, you’re going to love the way they are anxious to sit down at the table and actually eat their vegetables!
Here are some links to help you find healthy snacks and recipes: Link for Healthy Snacks: http://www.nwkidney.org/docs/healthyLiving/preventing/101_low_salt_snacks.pdf Healthy Recipes: http://www.nwkidney.org/healthyLiving/livingWell/nutrition/recipes/recipesList.html