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Prednisone Side Effects on Children with Kidney Disease

2013-01-18 16:50

Prednisone Side Effects on Children with Kidney DiseasePrednisone is often prescribed to treat kidney disease. It has anti-inflammation effect and can suppress the abnormal immune respond to control proteinuria and other issues. Also, it is extensively used to control kidney rejection after kidney transplant. However, long-term use of prednisone can bring a number of side effects to the patients, especially children with kidney disease.

Growth retardation

Growth retardation is one of serious side effects of prednisone on children with kidney disease. It may affect the production of growth hormone to interfere with the regular growth and development. Meanwhile, it can lower bone density. This also can attribute to slow development of children.

Weight gain

Children may develop Type 2 Diabetes, and become obese as there is a significant increase in appetite. Additionally, digestive problems are observed as well.


Prednisone can make the children with Kidney Disease more susceptible to infection. It is because it can suppress the immune system to weaken its defense ability. Remember that having a fever is a good indication that the children have an infection.


Swelling is one of common side effects of prednisone for children with kidney disease. It can cause retention of fluids, leading to swelling. To help the children avoid infection, salty foods should be removed from the daily diet.


Prednisone weakens the eyes. Children on prednisone may suffer from eyesight-related issues-blurred vision or even cataract and glaucoma.

Mood swings

Mood swings are common side effects of prednisone on children with kidney disease. Mania, depression, hyperactivity etc are often observed.

High blood pressure

High blood pressure is commonly seen amongest the patients. So it is important to remember monitor the children’s blood pressure regularly to make sure that their blood pressure is just at the normal range.

The above are the common side effects of prednisone on children with kidney disease. Some natural ways can help reduce the side effects and enhance the curative effects of the drug. More information, please feel free to consult us online.

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