Children with serious, long-lasting conditions such as chronic kidney disease (CKD) face a number of challenges with learning and attending school, according to the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC.) While children with CKD who receive appropriate treatment can attend school, graduate from high school and go on to college, these children may need additional guidance and help.
Children with kidney failure may miss school because of dialysis and medical appointments. Being absent from school can worsen the learning problems many children with CKD face. Scheduling treatments outside of school hours is the best alternative when possible.
Having a chronic illness can make a child feel depressed. Children with CKD may have trouble making friends because they are smaller than the other children or perceived as “different.” Participating in regular classroom and extracurricular activities may help them improve their social skills. In general, being physically active has both physical and psychological benefits.
There are resources available for the parents or guardians of children with CKD. They can talk to the child’s school counselor, and visit the NKUDIC website for information.
Parents and other adults can help children with CKD fit in at school, make friends, be physically active and follow their treatment regimen, so these kids can have a better experience at school.