About Kidney and Urinary System
While the digestive tract removes solid waste from the body, it’s the job of the kidneys and the urinary system to filter and pass liquid waste. The two kidneys continuously work to filter blood, removing waste products and excess fluids. This combined fluid waste, urine, gets passed to the bladder before being flushed out of the body. If the kidneys are overworked or weakened, serious issues can result. If the mineral levels in your child’s blood are too high, painful kidney stones can develop. Other conditions, especially diabetes and high blood pressure, can cause disease by reducing the kidneys’ ability to filter. Some kidney conditions appear more often in childhood, like nephrosis, a condition that causes swelling as the result of kidney damage. Because of the waste products contained in urine, the urinary tract is also at risk for infections.
Urinary Microbiome in Children
Are you the mother of a newborn (up to 6 months of age)? You may be able to participate in a study to help a research team look at the bacteria found in the urinary tract and stool. This study involves collecting up to 7 urine and stool samples over up to 12 months. Study visits take place remotely via phone or video conference. Compensation is provided.