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Your Child & Chronic Kidney Disease - Dietary Supplements

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There may be times when your child will need extra protein or energy in their diet. To achieve this, your doctor and dietician will decide upon a suitable nutrient rich supplement that can either be taken as a ready made drink or as a soluble powder in drinks. If dietary supplements are prescribed they should be treated with the same importance as medications.


If your child’s appetite is poor and they are unable to take enough food and supplements to meet their special dietary requirements, it may be necessary to consider additional feeding in the form of tube feeding (gastrostomy or nasogatric). If this is required it will be discussed well in advance.

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There is usually no dietary restriction following transplantation. However, it is important to avoid adding salt to food and reducing the number of salty snacks to help blood pressure control. Healthy eating and regular exercise which can be followed by all the family are always encouraged.

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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. 169: Dietary Supplements written: 12/06/2004 last reviewed: 14/11/2020