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Can Children with Nephrotic Syndrome Drink Cola

2013-05-04 14:20

Can Children with Nephrotic Syndrome Drink ColaCola is a popular drink worldwide and is loved by both children and adults. Drinking cola in moderation does not cause health problems for children.However,as children with nephrotic syndrome , are they allowed to drink cola?

Major ingredients in cola

Cola is a carbonated soft drink.The major ingredients in it include carbonated water,sugar,caffeine and phosphoric acid.Due to these ingredients in cola, excess consumption may lead to many side effects such as high blood sugar level,stomach acid etc.

Can children with nephrotic syndrome drink cola?

Children with Nephrotic Syndrome should limiting the consumption of cola restrictively due to the following causes.

-Cola is high in phosphorus.As the kidneys are impaired,they will fail to remove phosphorus from body adequately.High levels of phosphorus can lead to a myriad of problems such as bone disease and skin itching.

-A 12-ounce service of Coca-Cola contains 64mg of caffeine.While many people reply on caffeine to keep them alert,caffeine can be dangerous as it constricts arteries and veins and boost heart rates.

-Poor appetite is commonly seen in children nephrotic syndrome. Drinking cola can make the children feel full easily and eat less foods.It can worsen malnutrition.

Aside from cola,children with nephrotic syndrome should avoid other foods containing caffeine like chocolate.Also,foods high in phosphorus should be avoided when the blood work shows high phosphorus levels in blood. Common high-phosphorus foods include dairy products such as milk,cream soup,ice cream, milk pudding, organ meat,beer,nuts and grain seeds, wholegrain, dark rye and pumpernickel breads.

Water,low-fat milk and clear soft drinks are good choice for children with nephrotic syndrome.Additionally,if the children have swelling, they should keep fluids restriction to reduce fluids retention in their body.You can email to kidneyabc@hotmail.com  get more information about healthy diet for nephrotic syndrome.

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