March 10 is World Kidney Day – a global campaign to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys. Kidney diseases affect millions of people, including children who can be at risk at an early age.
Kidneys are vital to our overall health. They remove waste and extra fluid from the body, help control blood pressure, support healthy bones and much, much more.
By encouraging education, early detection and a healthy lifestyle in childhood, it is possible to reduce the increase in preventable kidney diseases and treat children with genetic and acquired kidney disorders.
• Get your blood pressure checked every year – no matter your age
• Limit the sodium in your diet and pay extra attention to the amount of processed food you eat
• Maintain a healthy lifestyle and healthy weight
At BC Children’s Hospital, we provide renal care to children and teenagers living with kidney disease. Our specialized team delivers a full range of care through our general nephrology clinic, chronic kidney disease clinic, multi-organ transplant clinic and other services and programs.
Through new outreach clinics in Surrey and Prince George, the Nephrology Department also offers these services closer to home for families across British Columbia.
In addition, BC Children’s Hospital participates in several global research initiatives in kidney injury and disease, to ensure our patients receive the most innovative, evidence-based clinical.
To contact the BC Children’s Hospital Renal Program, or find out more about their services or research programs, visit the Renal Program webpage
Picture: ‘Sidney the Kidney’, The Kidney Foundation of Canada’s mascot, visits BC Children’s Hospital.