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Doctors: Kidney stones increasing in children

March 27, 2009

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— Doctors are puzzling over what seems to be an increase in the number of children with kidney stones, a condition some blame on kids’ love of cheeseburgers, fries and other salty foods.

Kidney stones are usually an adult malady, notorious for causing excruciating pain — pain worse than childbirth. While the number of affected children isn’t huge, kids with kidney stones have been turning up in rising numbers at hospitals around the country.

At Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the number of children treated for kidney stones since 2005 has climbed from about 10 a year to five patients a week now, said Dr. Pasquale Casale.

Johns Hopkins Children Center in Baltimore used to treat one or two youngsters a year 15 or so years ago. Now it gets calls about new cases every week, said kidney specialist Dr. Alicia Neu.

Kids’ stones have been the talk of pediatric kidney specialists’ conferences, said Dr. Uri Alon, director of the bone and mineral disorders clinic at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Alon is involved in research trying to determine whether the increase is real and not just the result of greater awareness and better ways of detecting stones.

Alon also is studying whether improved nutrition can prevent kids’ kidney stones.

Comments

musbhiorlo 5 years ago

It's common knowledge that SSRIs not only cause school shooters, but they also cause kidney stones. More and more children are being prescribed these, sooooo more children will also be having kidney stones.

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budwhysir 5 years ago

yep, more common, in the olden days, didnt go to the doctor for a little pain in yer side.

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Leprechaunking13 5 years ago

Really??? You think that red dye #20 has something to do with kidney stones in kids?! Wow, just so you know food dyes have been added to foods long before the rise in childrens kidney stones. Way to be paranoid and not let your kids enjoy fun snacks, I'm sure they'll grow up with really healthy outlooks towards food. Try its too much salty food, mixed with inactivity. I bet your kids are somewhat guilty of this, as are the majority of kids in the U.S. Parents don't stop it and pass on habits to their kids. Don't blame food dyes though, that's just not smart thinking at all.

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Confrontation 5 years ago

I'm guessing that all the drugs in our drinking water aren't helping the situation, either.

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grammaddy 5 years ago

We've got to start feeding our children better. Cut out all the junk foods and replace it with fresh fruits and vegetables. Take responsibility for your child"s health!!

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Original_Me 5 years ago

It's all that dang crap that is put into food now. It takes up to 1 year for food dye/coloring to leave the human body, give or take. The more dye/coloring you put into it, the more it has to work to get rid of it. You see foods now days meant for "kids"? What in carnation do they have to put "Blue Lake #20" & "Red #40" for??? Dumb. When I was a kid, we didn't have our own "foods". I have kids now, they've got their own "foods". I don't buy them. They eat what the rest of my family eats. It isn't only kidney stones that are sending kids to the ER, it's cancer, obesity, diabetes, asthma, allergies, common colds, digestive issues (either clogged or flowing), and hyperactivity. You put 2 charts together & go back 40-50 years: 1. For the what the child goes into a health facility for. 2. What were they eating then & what additives were added to foods at the time. Problem solved. It's too much lab-created junk going into food. Too much processed foods. Blue sports drinks, red soft drinks, multi-colored "Real Fruit Snacks", all colors of the rainbow loop cereals, etc. etc. etc.

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