Kids with kidney disease and cold and flu season

Kids with kidney disease and cold and flu season

By Marie Valdez, RN
Clinic Registered Nurse; Swedish Pediatric Specialty Care Nephrology/Urology

With the summer winding down, the dreaded cold and flu season is just around the corner.  Parents with children who have a history of kidney disease need to keep in mind a few things during this season of stuffy noses and coughs.

  • Avoid NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, naproxen, and Aleve.
    • NSAIDs are known to decrease blood flow to the kidneys and can cause more damage.
  • Avoid Pseudoephedrine or any medications that may contain similar ingredients.
    • Pseudoephedrine is usually an ingredient for decongestants like Sudafed and is known to increase blood pressure.
  • Say YES to the flu shot early.
    • Children with kidney disease who are taking medicine to suppress the immune system (i.e. prednisone and mycophenolate) should avoid the nasal spray version of the flu vaccine.
    • It can take up to two weeks to develop protection. 
  • If you’re unsure about giving cold/flu medications please call your doctor.
    • Call your health care provider and ask before giving herbal remedies.
Comments
Alex
Great tips! all of them
8/15/2013 9:06:43 AM
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Marie Valdez, RN

Marie Valdez, RN
Clinic Registered Nurse; Swedish Pediatric Specialty Care Nephrology/Urology

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