My 16 year old daughter has another kidney stone. How can we prevent them?

This is our second time around. Please help me!

  1. Sponge, 24 May, 2010

    It all depends what type of kidney stones she is producing. Her doctor should have given her a filter to urinate into to catch a stone for analysis. After you get that info, your doctor will tell you how to prevent them. For calcium oxalate stones: avoid chocolate, peanuts, cola, tea. Drinking lots of water will also help. Good luck!

  2. Halo Booster, 24 May, 2010

    no more caffine thats what causes them

  3. Macabre, 24 May, 2010

    Drinking lots of water

  4. AwesomePerson, 24 May, 2010

    There is really no way to prevent kidney stones. They are genetic, from too much sodium and protein, etc. The only way to possibly prevent them is to make sure she drinks plenty of water every day, and that she doesn’t consume too much salt and/or protein. My mom has had kidney stones removed by lithotripsy, which is pounding the area of the stone so that it is easier to pass, and surgical removal.

  5. mhmm;), 24 May, 2010

    Kidney stones form when a change occurs in the normal balance of water, salts, minerals, and other things found in urine. The most common cause of kidney stones is not drinking enough water. Try to drink enough water to keep your urine clear. Some people are more likely to get kidney stones because of a medical condition or family history.

    Kidney stones may also be an inherited disease. If other people in your family have had kidney stones

    It depends what kind of kidney stones she has

    Calcium stones. Most kidney stones are calcium stones, usually in the form of calcium oxalate. High oxalate levels can be found in some fruits and vegetables, as well as in nuts and chocolate. Your liver also produces oxalate. Dietary factors, high doses of vitamin D, intestinal bypass surgery and several different metabolic disorders can increase the concentration of calcium or oxalate in urine. Calcium stones may also occur in the form of calcium phosphate.

    Struvite stones. Struvite stones form in response to an infection, such as a urinary tract infection. Struvite stones can grow quickly and become quite large.

    Uric acid stones. Uric acid stones can form in people who are dehydrated, those who eat a high-protein diet and those with gout. Certain genetic factors and disorders of the blood-producing tissues also may predispose you to uric acid stones.

    Cystine stones. These stones represent only a small percentage of kidney stones. They form in people with a hereditary disorder that causes the kidneys to excrete excessive amounts of certain amino acids (cystinuria).

  6. NeonZebra, 24 May, 2010

    I know someone whose gotten a few of them and they had to stop drinking as much soda and coffee. They’ve cut back on the caffeine and haven’t gotten one sense.

  7. The mom, 24 May, 2010

    Hopefully you will be able to capture the stone, or at least a remnant of it, for analysis. She should also be seen by a urologist and a internal medicine specialist to see if there is a metabolic problem that causes her to form them. Depending on the composition of the stone, she might just need to drink more water, or she may need to limit calcium in her diet. Most stones are actually due to not drinking enough water or going to the bathroom often enough. The longer urine stays in the kidney, the more likely minerals are to form crystals and stones. However there are some metabolic disorders that can lead to them, as can a malfunction of the parathyroid glands. The tendency to form stones also can run in families as well, for reasons that are not clear sometimes. For now I’d encourage her to drink a lot more water, and see about getting her to see a urologist or internist for a workup. And of course, it will help a great deal if you can catch that stone for analysis. Knowing what it’s made of can help answer a lot of questions.

  8. S P, 24 May, 2010

    If she isn’t already, she needs to be seen by a urologist.

  9. PSA E, 24 May, 2010

    I have had several kidney stones since I was 18.
    Every doctor I saw told me the best way to prevent them is to drink 8-10 glasses of fluid a day. The best is water, better if it is filtered water.
    If you increase stone inhibitors such as citrate and magnesium you help reduce formation of calcium kidney stones
    You can also drink REAL lemonade not powder this increases your citrate and fluid intake at the same time.
    Try to avoid or atleast minimize protein intake such as meats and peanut butter.
    You should also reduce sodium intake. a little less salt.
    Sometimes this is the hardest you should reduce your oxalate intake such as chocolate or cocoa, dark green leafy vegetables beets, strawberries, wheat germ, peanuts, pecans and soy.
    You should also reduce HIGH DOSE vitamin C Supplements. A multi vitamin is safe.
    After my last stone, I had 3 operations in two weeks for it, my doctor recommended this supplement called THERALITH by Theralogix at theralogix.com. It helped.
    A friend of mine had been told by his urologist Mt Dew does the same, even though I drink Mt Dew I don’t know if it is good for a kid to drink 4 cans a day.
    The most important thing is to stay HYDRATED I can not express that enough. STAY HYDRATED I always forgot.I now carry a bottle of water or lemonade or Mt Dew everywhere.
    I also had installed in our home a water treatment system by RainSoft it took the minerals that may contribute to stones out of our water.I’m not selling you anything just these are my experiences.

  10. randi, 08 October, 2010

    I am 16 years old and I have kidney stones. Two are 13mm and the other one is 9mm. I have been in and out of the hospilal for at least a month. The doctor just told me that my body is prone to getting them, so unfortunatly I am stuck with them for life. Drink alot of water and eat fruits and veggies. It sucks but thats the only advice I can give, good luck.

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