Kidney stones becoming increasing problem in children

(WIAT) — It’s important to keep your children hydrated during the hot summer months, but also to fight an increasing problem in children: kidney stones.

Doctors say they’re seeing more cases of children with the ailment. Doctors say people in general are under hydrated and that may be a contributing factor, plus increased sedentary activity levels among kids.

“Good hydration will prevent stone formation in people who have had stones,” Dr. Caleb Nelson, pediatric neurologist at Children’s Hospital Boston, said. “There is no reason to think that’s not the case in people who haven’t yet had a stone.”

Other possible reasons for the increase could be obesity and too much salt, especially from processed foods.

Doctors say it’s important to be aware if you have a family history of kidney stones.

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