More U.S. children face kidney stones
-Julie Ryan Evans
According to a recent article in the New York Times, there has been a rise in the number of children who received diagnoses of kidney stones. Some doctors report seeing children as young as 5 with them.
Having had a kidney stone, I can attest to the incredible pain these often-miniscule stones can cause. I can’t imagine a small child having to suffer through that.
So the question is why the rise? The answer is not so simple. Some believe the abundance of salt in our diet of processed food is to blame, while others say it’s from not ingesting enough liquids … or it could be a combination of both. Other say obesity and family history are large factors in the increased number of cases.
How will you know if your child has a kidney stone? Pain in the stomach and/or back and blood in urine are common symptoms.
As for prevention, recommendations include following a low-salt diet and making sure your children drink lots of water.
Children, however, aren’t the only ones seeing more kidney stones.
“The incidence of kidney stones in adults has also been rising, especially in women, and experts say they see more adults in their 20s and 30s with stones; in the past, it was more common in adults in their 40s and 50s,” the article states.
So we all should take heed: less salt, more water! Believe me, you do NOT want one of these.