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Marie Valdez, RN

Marie Valdez, RN

Clinic Registered Nurse; Swedish Pediatric Specialty Care Nephrology/Urology

Marie is the clinic’s registered nurse for the Pediatric Nephrology and Urology departments at Swedish Pediatric Specialty Care. Marie has been a pediatric nurse for 9 years and has been with Swedish Pediatric Specialty Care since July 2009. She was nominated for the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year in 2012. For fun Marie enjoys spending time with her son, traveling, and outdoor activities.

Blog Posts by Marie Valdez, RN

Kids with kidney disease and cold and flu season

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 ....
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