Pediatric kidney transplantation part 126

Children

 

Will your child grow normally after kidney transplant with good kidney function?

Children can grow well after kidney transplant. Many transplant programs now use minimal or no corticosteroids after transplant, wich permits better growth in children. Steroids are the main medications that can slow growth in children after kidney transplant. Younger children tend to have the best growth rates after transplantation. If your child is not growing well after transplant, discuss the problem with your doctor to assess if your child is taking in enough calories for growth of if the dose of prednisone he or she is on should be lowered. Your doctor may even want to start treatment with growth hormone although growth hormone is not typically used in the first 6 to 12 months after transpalnt and also not in children who are having difficulty with rejection of their transplanted kidney

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