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GENITOURINARY / KIDNEY :: Nutrition and Renal Failure

Protein Restriction

Protein requirements for children with renal failure:

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. 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 physician or dietitian will help determine how much protein your child needs.

What foods are high in protein?

The following foods are high in protein and should be restricted if your child has renal failure:

  • meat (beef, chicken, pork, turkey)
  • fish
  • seafood (shrimp, scallops, clams, oysters)
  • eggs
  • dairy products (milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, pudding)

Helpful protein serving conversions:

Your child's physician or dietitian will tell you how much protein your child can have each day. This will usually be listed in servings or ounces per day.

Food Amount of Protein Food Amount of Protein
chicken nuggets 2 nuggets = 1 ounce hamburger 3 ounces
chicken fingers 1 finger = 1 1/2 ounces 1/4 lb burger 4 ounces
chicken sandwich 4 ounces roast beef sandwich 3 ounces
chicken breast 3 to 4 ounces pork chops 3 to 4 ounces
chicken wing 1 ounce luncheon meats 3/4 ounce
drumstick 1 ounce 1 large egg 1 ounce

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