Dialysisenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/KH_generic_header_10_2.jpgDialysis is a medical treatment that can take over the job of cleaning the blood when the kidneys can't.dialysis, hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, kidneys, waste, fluids, blood, wastes, urine, pee, filter, dyalisis, dyalasis, dialasis, chronic, kidney condition, hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, dialyzer, dialysate, nocturnal intermittent dialysis, transplants, dialysis treatments, clinic, center, nephrology, nephrologists, 12/12/201901/02/202001/02/2020Joshua J. Zaritsky, MD, PhD01/01/202087b04c2c-476f-44ab-acd3-c0fad83f88b2https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dialysis.html/<h3>What Is Dialysis?</h3> <p>Dialysis (dye-AL-ih-sis) is a medical treatment that can take over the job of cleaning the blood when the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/kidneys-urinary.html/">kidneys</a> can't.</p> <h3>Why Do People Need Dialysis?</h3> <p>The kidneys are fist-sized organs shaped like kidney beans. Their main job is to clean the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/blood.html/">blood</a>. They take out extra water and waste (things the body doesn't need). These leave the body as pee (urine).</p> <p>If the kidneys don't work as they should, waste quickly builds up in the body and makes a person sick. When the kidneys stop removing enough waste and extra water from the blood, the person has <strong>kidney failure</strong>. Then, the person needs dialysis to clean the blood because the kidneys can't.</p> <h3>Does Dialysis Cure Kidney Failure?</h3> <p>Dialysis does the work of the kidneys to clean the blood, but it doesn't&nbsp;fix or cure kidney failure.</p> <p>Some kids with sudden or acute kidney failure need dialysis for a short time until the kidneys get better. But if <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/chronic-kidney-disease.html/">chronic kidney disease</a> turns into kidney failure, the child's kidneys will not get better. These kids need dialysis for life, unless they get a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/kidney-transplant.html/">kidney transplant</a>.</p> <h3>What Are the Types of Dialysis?</h3> <p>There are two types of dialysis:</p> <ol class="kh_longline_list"> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hemodialysis.html/"><strong>Hemodialysis</strong></a> (hee-moh-dye-AL-ih-sis): An artificial filter cleans the blood outside of the body. It's usually done in a special clinic called a dialysis center.</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/peritoneal-dialysis.html/"><strong>Peritoneal dialysis</strong></a> (pair-eh-tih-NEEL dye-AL-ih-sis): This uses the lining of the belly as a filter. Often, it can be done at home.</li> </ol> <p>Both types of dialysis clean the blood, but in different ways. People who need dialysis work with their care team to decide on the best method.</p> <h3>What Else Should I Know?</h3> <p>Kids and teens getting dialysis still go to school, take part in most sports and activities, go to prom, and hang out with friends as they usually would. Dialysis doesn't have to slow them down.</p>
GlomerulonephritisGlomerulonephritis happens when tiny filtering units in the kidneys stop working properly. Most cases get better on their own or with treatment.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/glomerulonephritis.html/18feaf09-b1c5-40e8-8bdb-ffa78db188b9
HemodialysisHemodialysis is the type of kidney dialysis that doctors use most to take over the kidneys' job of filtering the blood. Find out more in this article for teens.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/hemodialysis.html/f09eb110-874c-41a2-9bba-c7558bb5e9ca
Kidney DiseaseSometimes, the kidneys can't do their job properly. In teens, kidney disease is usually due to infections, structural issues, glomerulonephritis, or nephrotic syndrome. https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/kidney.html/4f21e885-14a9-4b12-a514-66998f93043c
Kidney Diseases in ChildhoodThe kidneys play a critical role in health. When something goes wrong, it could indicate a kidney disease. What are kidney diseases, and how can they be treated?https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/kidney-diseases-childhood.html/ce75e066-a9e8-498f-97e8-6459154b9748
Kidney TransplantIf the kidneys stop working, a person will need either dialysis or a transplant. Get the facts on kidney transplant in this article for teens.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/kidney-transplant.html/0eaed509-b5fe-430b-839e-8ae36bf4971b
Kidneys and Urinary TractThe bean-shaped kidneys, each about the size of a child's fist, are essential to our health. Their most important role is to filter blood and produce urine.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/kidneys-urinary.html/0cbf3444-1a45-4512-9af9-bc76e5592336
Peritoneal DialysisThis medical treatment helps people with kidney failure. It can be done at home, often overnight, to take over the kidneys' job of filtering blood.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/peritoneal-dialysis.html/c117677e-3413-48b0-93b0-a4f24622d75e
Ultrasound: Renal (Kidneys, Ureters, Bladder)A renal ultrasound makes images of your child's kidneys, ureters, and bladder. Doctors may order this test if they suspect kidney damage, cysts, tumors, kidney stones, or complications from urinary tract infections.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/renal-ultrasound.html/05b3083e-733a-40c6-9fd9-5a38877ccc4f
When Your Child Has a Chronic Kidney DiseaseParents of kids who have a chronic kidney disease often worry about what might happen next, how their child feels, and what treatments are likely to be involved. Find answers here.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/chronic-kidney-disease.html/9edcb2c0-d2af-4fd7-88e9-48c0ff7a2f55
When Your Child Needs a Kidney TransplantIf your child needs a kidney transplant, you're probably feeling lots of emotions. Fortunately, many kids who undergo kidney transplants go on to live normal, healthy lives.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/kidney-transplant.html/453b2488-cfff-4e14-bdbd-818b9906f828
Your KidneysYou need at least one kidney to live. Find out why in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/kidneys.html/e8b731bd-422b-4032-952a-5f2223257f23
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