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    Protein Restriction for Children

    Protein requirements for children with kidney 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. But it is also important for your child to get enough protein for proper growth and nutrition. Your child's weight, medical condition, type of treatment, and laboratory values will all help determine how much protein your child needs. Your child's healthcare provider or dietitian will help determine this, too.

    What foods are high in protein?

    The following foods are high in protein. If your child has kidney failure, talk with his or her healthcare provider about how much your child should have of these foods:

    • Meat (beef, chicken, pork, and turkey)

    • Fish

    • Seafood (shrimp, scallops, clams, and oysters)

    • Eggs

    • Dairy products (milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, and pudding)

    Helpful protein serving conversions

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

    Food

    Amount of protein

    Food

    Amount of protein

    Chicken nuggets

    6 grams/6 nuggets

    Regular hamburger

    12.3 grams

    Chicken fingers

    18 grams/6 pieces

    1/4 lb burger

    25.8 grams

    Chicken sandwich, plain

    21 grams

    Fast food roast beef sandwich, plain

    21.5 grams

    Chicken, 1/2 breast, fried

    34.8 grams

    Pork chop, 1

    25 grams

    Chicken wing, fried

    9.73 grams

    Lunch meats on 6-inch sub sandwich

    21.8 grams

    Drumstick, fried

    15 grams

    1 large egg

    6.3 grams

    Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith RN MSN CCRC
    Online Medical Reviewer: Marianne Fraser MSN RN
    Online Medical Reviewer: Walead Latif MD
    Date Last Reviewed: 2/1/2019
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