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SIADH tends to occur in people with heart failure or with a brain injury that affects the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is the part of the brain that works with the pituitary gland to make hormones. Other causes may include:
Symptoms can occur a bit differently in each child. In severe cases, symptoms can include:
The symptoms of SIADH can be like other health conditions. Make sure your child sees his or her healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
The healthcare provider will ask about your child’s symptoms and health history. He or she may also ask about your family’s health history. He or she will give your child a physical exam. Your child may also have blood and urine tests. These tests are done to check:
The most common treatment for SIADH is limiting how much fluid and water your child has. If the condition is ongoing (chronic), your child may need to limit fluids for life. Treatment may also include:
Complications of SIADH depend on how low blood sodium levels are. Possible mild complications include:
Possible severe complications include
Get medical attention right away if your child has symptoms of SIADH.
Call the healthcare provider if your child has chronic SIADH and any of the below occur:
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