A kidney injury is a bruise, cut, or tear of a kidney. The kidneys are inside the belly, on either side of the spine just above the waist. They make urine by taking waste products and extra salt and water from the blood.
Common causes of kidney injuries involve blows to your back or belly such as:
Symptoms may include:
Your healthcare provider will ask about your child’s symptoms and medical history and examine your child. Tests may include:
Most kidney injuries do not need surgery. Your child may need to rest in bed for a day or two while the kidney heals.
Your child may need surgery to repair or remove the kidney if:
Give your child pain medicine as directed by your healthcare provider. Don’t give your child ibuprofen unless your healthcare provider says that it’s OK. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, may cause stomach bleeding and other problems.
Make sure your child drinks plenty of liquids.
Follow your child’s healthcare provider's instructions. Ask your provider:
Make sure you know when your child should come back for a checkup. Keep all appointments for provider visits or tests.