has any other babies had kidney stones?

Tammy - posted on 05/12/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son was sick at 4months old, he had a high fever and smelly breath and urine. I took him straight into ou Dr and he said he had a throat infection and also took a urine sample, this came back he had a urine infection! My Dr had him admitted straight into the childrens hospital as he was so young and its uncommon for little boys to get a uti. He became very sick and dehydrated in hospital. They had him on all drips and antibiotics for a few days. Was very scary! They did an ultrasound to see if there may be any problems with him that may of caused the UTI. They found several kidney stones!! the largest a 7mm. My son has now been back and forwards undergoing test, to see what may of caused these stones. They have ruled out urinal reflux, and calcium, and they were not from the infection as a few months later he had formed new stones and had no sign of infection. My son is now 12months old and we have 2 more specialist appointments in June. His last ultrasound showed that the stones had gone! But he never screamed and I never noticed if he had passed them... very bizzare! His kidneys were still dilated and there was some free floating slugy like stones. Fingers xxx that he has overcome this. I hope to find out more next appointment. Is there any other parents out there who have been thru somthing similar with kids and stones???

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Denise - posted on 07/14/2012

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Please listen to a 52 year old grandma who has suffered with urinary tract infections all of her life, and my husband with kidney stones. Buy Reverse Osmosis water. You buy it at the grocery store (NOT Spring water with minerals-that makes it worse). We have installed an under the sink unit with a separate faucet (my husband installed it, it is easy). Cost- a coulple hundred dollars. Well worth it. We use it for drinking, and cooking. It completely removes the minerals from the water and minerals cause kidney stones. It cleans the water so well, that it helps with infection. Make his formula with it. Give him only that water to drink (even if he is the only family member that gets it because you have to buy it from the store). A thimbleful of cranberry juice is effective. It is not necessary to drink it straight. A good brand from the health food store or organic section of grocery store will have less sugar (bad bacteria love sugar so less is better) , cook all of his food with it. The last thing is baby probiotics. The combination of the probiotics, RO water, and cranberry juice, works to prevent urinary tract infections, but you must be diligent. My husband has no more kidney stones since we installed the RO unit. He only drinks and cooks with RO water. He does not take probiotics or drink cranberry as he only has stones, not frequent infections. My grand daughter has inherited my urinary tract issues, and they keep her well because I have paved the way. Let me know how it works out.

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Beverly - posted on 07/12/2012

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I'm seeing this now (July 2012) as we are going through something similar. My son does have some kidney problems (urine reflux on right kidney and an obstruction causing megaureter and hydronephrosis on the left kidney) but they have just found him to have a 4mm and a 10mm (I guess that would be 1cm) in his left one. Hey has had a VCUG and Mag3 done before along with renal ultrasounds every 3 months and it was on his last scans that they found his stones. They were *not* there at his last one. We are trying to figure out what is causing them and if it will be a recurring thing. He has had growth issues and was put on a feeding tube at 7.5 months because he was only 11lbs 7oz (5.2 kg) and now at nearly 9 months he is 14lbs 5oz (6.5 kg). I thought it was maybe his high calorie formula but the gastroenterologist says that it's not.

Did you ever find out what was causing your son's stones? Have they been recurrent? How is he doing now? Any advice as to what I should ask Dr's?

Tammy - posted on 05/21/2009

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Ps. he also had a test for urinary reflux done, and that was all fine. The stone he passed is undergoing testing at the moment, so hoping they will be able to tell what is causing them from the test.

Tammy - posted on 05/21/2009

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Thanks Lori, that was good information. He had a 48hour urine collection also and his calcium levels are high in his urine! the have mentioned a few things to me.. Will be back at the hospital in 2 weeks so Ill be making sure I don't leave this time untill I undersatnd! They have asked if there is anyone in the family with renal problems, and as far as we know it No. My grandad did used to get gout alot....?? I never mentioned that, as I was not aware that may of been something to do with kidneys? He was on formula but that was only China that had the dramas with formula and kidney stones. Australia got the all clear. He has been of formula for 2months now. Well he gets the Mag3 renal scan done on the 24th of june so fingers xxx this all goes well. Thank you very much for you help ;o)

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BTW, is your child on breastmilk or formula?
There have been some links in the past between kidney stones and formula.

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I don't know what tests the doctors have run thus far, but this may be helpful:
# Heredity: Some people are more susceptible to forming kidney stones, and heredity certainly plays a role. The majority of kidney stones are made of calcium, and hypercalciuria (high levels of calcium in the urine), is a risk factor. The predisposition to high levels of calcium in the urine may be passed on from generation to generation. Some rare hereditary diseases also predispose some people to form kidney stones. Examples include people with renal tubular acidosis and people with problems metabolizing a variety of chemicals including cystine (an amino acid), oxalate, (a type of salt), and uric acid (as in gout).

# Geographical location: There is also a geographic predisposition in some people who form kidney stones. There are regional "stone belts," with people living in the Southern United States, having an increased risk. This is likely because of the hot climate, since these people can get dehydrated, and their urine becomes more concentrated, allowing chemicals to come in closer contact and begin forming the nidus of a stone.

Good luck and hang in there.

Tammy - posted on 05/21/2009

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looks like Im the only one with a child with such condition??? He was admitted to hospital on the 15th of may again! another UTI the poor darling and passed a kidney stone. He is only 12months old. They are now sending him for a frusemide mag3 renal scan :( on the 24/6 he spent 5days in the childrens hospital and now on all new antibiotics. Im realy freaked out about this mag3 renal scan!! anyone ever had one of these??

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