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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
One of the roles of your child’s kidneys is to act as a filter for her blood, making sure that it has the right balance of water and minerals. If your child’s kidneys are unable to filter her blood due to chronic kidney disease (CKD), and won’t recover normal kidney function, she will need either dialysis or a kidney transplant. If your child has acute kidney injury (AKI), a course of dialysis can support her kidneys until her kidney function returns.
Although around one-third of children with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) can go directly to a transplant, dialysis can help the others be in their best condition to ensure the most successful transplant possible.
Your child’s doctor may also recommend a course of dialysis if:
Here at Boston Children’s, your child is treated in our seven-bed dialysis unit, designed especially for kids. Our dialysis nurses will do everything they can to make sure your child is comfortable during her treatments. In addition to the nurses, our unit also includes specially trained dieticians, tutors, Child Life specialists and pharmacists, making us the only full-service dialysis unit in New England. We perform about 3,500 chronic dialysis treatments per year.
More than 9 million children in the United States are living with a chronic illness. Every year, 500,000 of these children turn 18. As they join their fellow adolescents in struggling to achieve optimal independence, they also face a serious issue they may not be prepared for: the transition of their medical care. Read Children’s tips for helping kids – and their families – make this key transition.
Boston Children’s has been named the highest-ranking pediatric hospital in dialysis management by U.S. News and World Report.
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.”