A consultant Pediatrician at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr. Victoria May Adabayeri has asked mothers to intermittently remove diapers and check how often their children urinate to help in the early detection of kidney disease.
She said many mothers did not know how their children urinated these days because toddlers were almost always in diapers.
Dr. Adabayeri was speaking at a forum to mark World Kidney Day in Cape Coast recently. This year’s World Kidney Day was on the Theme; “Kidney Day health for everyone everywhere”.
He advised all mothers with toddlers to constantly remove the diapers their children wore to also know the color of the urine.
She observed that parents and mothers, in particular must know the child’s urine to be able to pick up unusual indicators.
Dr. noted that the intensity of a boy’s urine, for instance could tell if there was a problem with the kidney, explaining that “a boy whose urine goes a few feet away while urinating is a good sign.”
Some children are born with some defects with their Kidneys and if these defects are detected early, they can be corrected”. She stated.
A Kidney specialist with the Ghana Kidney Association, Dr. Dwomoa Adu, asked Ghanaians to be wary of people propagating ways of curing Kidney disease particularly on social media.
He called on Ghanaians who detect symptoms of tiredness swollen feet, nausea and breathless which were some of the symptoms of the Kidney disease to seek early treatment at the hospital.