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Kidney and Bladder Problems Detected Before Birth by Ultrasound - What happens after baby is born

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Unless your baby has a major problem after birth then you will be allowed home at the usual time. The nephrologist may see you after baby is born if there is a major problem. Otherwise the doctors on the baby unit will inform the nephrologist who will arrange:-

  1. the initial ultrasound usually a few weeks after birth. The doctor will then see the family in the clinic to discuss if other tests are neccesary – such as:
  2. a bladder x-ray (called a micturating cystourethrogram) which requires your child to have antibiotics for 2 days. Please ensure your baby is given the prescribed Trimethoprim 2 mg/kg twice a day starting on the day of this test to prevent any infection.
  3. a renal scan (called DMSA or MAG 3 scan) which involves attending the renal ward and the baby having an injection to show how well the kidneys are working. This usually takes place by the time the baby is 3 months old.

The hospital will review your child in the clinic when some of the tests are completed. Always feel free to ask any questions that worry you or where the information is unclear.

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Content compiled by members of the Children’s Renal & Urology Unit, QMC Campus, Nottingham University Hospitals.

The National Kidney Federation cannot accept responsibility for information provided. The above is for guidance only. Patients are advised to seek further information from their own doctor.

NKF Controlled Document No. 151: What happens after baby is born written: 16/11/2005 last reviewed: 14/11/2020