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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
If your child has had kidney stones, you know how upsetting they can be. No parent wants to watch her child suffer—and passing a kidney stone can be extremely painful.
The good news is that there are some basic things you can do to reduce the chances of your child developing kidney stones.
If your child needs treatment, you’re in the right place. The Kidney Stone Program at Boston Children’s Hospital has expert doctors and innovative techniques to treat the stones your child has, and help prevent new stones from forming.
Here’s what you need to know about kidney stones:
How Boston Children's Hospital treats kidney stones
Children’s has established a pediatric Kidney Stone Program, because more children are developing kidney stones. We see children who’ve had kidney stones and those who are at risk for developing them.
At our innovative program, your child will see both a pediatric urologist and a pediatric nephrologists at the same appointment. This multidisciplinary approach allows for direct collaboration between the two specialists to optimize your child’s care and work together to develop a treatment plan—in real time.
We can treat stones in several ways, depending on the size, location, number and composition of the stones. In nearly all children, we can treat these stones with noninvasive or minimally invasive surgical techniques; in rare instances, we can use robotic surgery techniques to remove the stones.
The best treatment is prevention. Your child will receive a metabolic evaluation to determine if he has risk factors for future kidney stones. We then prescribe individualized treatment plans to prevent new stones from forming, and monitor your child with urine and blood tests and sometimes ultrasound exams.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”