Watch out for sneaky kidney stones in kids

Prof. Dr. Önder Yavaşcan said: “The most common types of stones in children are calcium oxalate and calcium phosphate stones.” Stating that some dietary errors in children also cause kidney stones, Prof. Dr. Önder Yavaşcan listed the most common causes of stone formation as follows;

“Inherited predisposition to stone formation, not consuming water appropriate for age and body weight, heavy consumption of salty foods, processed meats, sauces, packaged foods, and carbonated drinks, along with urinary tract infections, urinary obstructions, reflux disease, and unnecessary vitamin use.”

Don’t underestimate gas pain and bloody urine

Claiming that kidney stones in children show no symptoms, they can grow and grow insidiously. Dr. In his statement, Yavaşcan said;

“Some kidney stones in children may not show any symptoms. It can cause symptoms if it starts moving in the urinary tract. Sudden and severe pain in the kidney area, nausea, vomiting, groin pain, burning sensation or pain when urinating, blood in the urine, fever, urinary tract infection findings form the complaints of stone disease. In young children, restlessness or crying fits that are thought to be gas pain are also among the complaints. Ultrasound is the first and most commonly used diagnostic method that does not harm the patient. Computed tomography can be performed in cases where it cannot be detected with ultrasound, but suspicion remains.

tends to repetition

Saying that kidney stones have a tendency to recur, says Prof. Dr. Yavaşcan summarized the points to consider in childhood nutrition as follows;

“Increase fluid consumption and monitor the amount of water you drink.

Avoid the consumption of salt, processed meats, sauces, packaged foods, carbonated drinks and encourage the consumption of fruits and vegetables.
Do not use unnecessary and unconscious vitamins and supplements.”

The treatment focuses on the size of the stone and the complaints

In explaining the stone crushing and ureterorenoscopic methods, Prof. Dr. Yavaşcan said, “If the stone causes pain and various symptoms in a child or causes blockage, if the stone sizes are suitable to fall with treatment, serum therapy, analgesics, canal expanders to reduce the complaints and facilitate the removal of the stone is the first choice method. If this condition is severe, it should be treated by hospitalization. In cases where the stones are large, the symptoms may be very severe or medical treatment may not be successful in removing the stone. In such cases, stone breaking treatments (lithotripsy) are used to break the stone into small pieces and make it easier to drop. In patients who are not suitable for breaking stones, the stone can be reached and broken by entering the urinary tract with ureterorenoscopic methods from below with endoscopic methods, or the stone can be removed directly. Reflux should be investigated in stone patients seen with recurrent urinary tract infections.

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