Kidney conditions - help at school
- I need to take anti-rejection drugs to suppress my immune system and to prevent my kidney being rejected.
- These medicines reduce my ability to fight infection.
- Please inform my parents / carers if there is an outbreak of an Infectious disease at school as these can be much more serious for me as an immuno-suppressed child.
- Measles and chickenpox are particularly serious and can have life threatening complications.
- Outbreaks of diarrhoea and vomiting are also important to know about because of the risk of dehydration
- I may be worried about any changes in my appearance which are due to the side effects of my medicines.
- Please look out for teasing or bullying. The transplant office at the hospital can also help to address these problems.
- Please check if I want my school friends to know about my illness or if I wish the details to remain confidential.
Food and drink
- It is vital that I have a good intake of fluid throughout the day to avoid dehydration which can lead to problems with my transplant.
- I have a minimum fluid target to reach each day so please encourage me to have a drink at break and at meal times.
- In hot summer weather my fluid intake will need to be higher than usual. Access to toileI need to empty my bladder regularly to prevent infection occurring with my transplant.
- If I require emptying my bladder by catheterization the hospital will be in touch to discuss my individual needs before I return to school.
Sport, PE and activities
- I should be able to take part in all the normal activities which my peers enjoy.
- As my transplanted kidney is located close to the surface of the abdomen it is at risk of damage during contact sport such as football or rounders.
- I should wear a kidney protector during contact sporting activities, however it does not need to be worn at all times.
- I am at a much increased risk of skin cancer if over exposed to the sun.
- Please encourage me to wear a sun hats and to use sun block.