Chronic kidney disease is a difficult burden to bear, but in children, this burden becomes even more tragic and troublesome. So what can parents do if their pediatricians have warned them their kids are at risk of developing kidney disease? Well, one small but effective step backed up by a recent study involved monitoring your child’s blood pressure during the night. Measuring nighttime blood pressure can serve as a pronounced indicator of developing chronic kidney disease.
This monitoring could be done at home via blood pressure monitors available at stores or could be performed at kidney centers and clinics. Either way, one of the most important things to arm yourself with in the fight against kidney disease is knowledge. The more information you have about risk factors and kidney function for your child, the easier it will be to manage their kidney disease or in some cases, even prevent it completely if caught early enough.