Kid­ney Kids ap­peals for sup­port

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Kid­ney Kids is ask­ing peo­ple to give gen­er­ously for its an­nual ap­peal.

The 21-year-old or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­vides emo­tional and prac­ti­cal sup­port to chil­dren who live with kid­ney or uri­nary tract dis­ease.

Kid­ney Kids com­mu­nity ed­u­ca­tor Rachel Bar­rett says kid­ney dis­ease can qui­etly creep up on fam­i­lies and is de­bil­i­tat­ing at any time.

‘‘Kid­ney fail­ure in chil­dren is dev­as­tat­ing as it dis­rupts phys­i­cal and so­cial growth and de­vel­op­ment. It can place emo­tional and fi­nan­cial stress on fam­i­lies,’’ she says.

Kid­ney Kids sup­ports around 1000 chil­dren and their fam­i­lies with in­for­ma­tion and of­fers fun camps for chil­dren.

It also aims to raise aware­ness and ed­u­cate com­mu­ni­ties about the early warn­ing signs of kid­ney dis­ease in chil­dren.

Symp­toms can in­clude tired­ness, loss of ap­petite, fluid swelling, cramps and painful uri­na­tion.

‘‘If you are at all con­cerned get in touch with your GP,’’ Ms Bar­rett says.

Kid­ney Kids An­nual Ap­peal Week runs un­til Sun­day.

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