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The body uses protein from foods to grow and repair cells. With kidney failure, your child will need to avoid excess protein. The kidneys may not be able to get rid of the waste products that come from eating too much protein. However, it is also important for your child to get enough protein for proper growth and nutrition. Your child's weight, medical condition, type of treatment, and laboratory values will be factors in determining how much protein your child needs. Your child's health care provider or dietitian will help determine this, too.
The following foods are high in protein and you should discuss appropriate amounts with your health care provider if your child has renal failure:
Meat (beef, chicken, pork, and turkey)
Seafood (shrimp, scallops, clams, and oysters)
Dairy products (milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, and pudding)
Your child's health care provider or dietitian will tell you how much protein your child can have each day. This will usually be listed in servings or grams per day.
Amount of protein
6 grams/6 nuggets
18 grams/6 pieces
1/4 lb burger
Chicken sandwich, plain
Fast food roast beef sandwich, plain
Chicken, 1/2 breast, fried
Pork chop, 1
Chicken wing, fried
Luncheon meats on 6-inch sub sandwich
1 large egg
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