Living with Kidney Disease

Living with Kidney Disease

Learning more about chronic kidney disease can help you increase your confidence with managing the condition and empower you to feel in control. The more you know about chronic kidney disease, the better equipped you will be to understand what's happening and why. Take each step at a time, and liaise with your medical team when you need further help, support or guidance.

We hope the information on this website will help you to have a better understanding of chronic kidney disease. We have included hints and tips, that have helped other families. The information has been written by healthcare professionals that care for children with kidney disease and their families.

School

School

Starting school or a new school year is an exciting time for children. Breakfast, snacks and lunch are important for all children at school. Break times are a fun time to spend with friends and enjoy eating together. Eating also helps keep energy levels up during the school day. There can be extra things to consider when planning meals and snacks for a child with chronic kidney disease at school.

Planning in advance and communicating with teachers, catering staff and carers in school can help them enjoy eating and feel like they are included at break times.
It may be helpful to plan whether school meals are eaten or packed lunches are brought into school.

Menu options and nutritional information of meals is usually available from schools in advance. This information can be discussed with the dietitian.
This information sheet has more tips on eating at school with chronic kidney disease

Physical Activity and Chronic Kidney Disease

Physical Activity and Chronic Kidney Disease

Being physically active improves long term health and wellbeing of children and adolescents at all stages of chronic kidney disease, dialysis and post-transplant [1-3]. Studies have shown benefits in improved endurance, energy levels and muscle strength[1-3]. Exercise can help to achieve healthy growth and improve heart fitness. When children enjoy activity, this boosts overall well-being and supports a positive outlook[4]. Regular physical activity supports overall health. We have developed some resources to help you along the way.

Choosing an enjoyable activity is the most important step. Involve the whole family - make it fun as well as healthy for everyone. Start with small amounts of activity each day to build up a habit of being physically active. There are lots of ways to become more active.
Download our resources for some more information on the beneficial effects of physical activity and ideas to get started.