Kidney stones, once an affliction of the aged, have begun plaguing American children, says a report in today's New York Times. Doctors have seen a significant rise in the number of kids--some as young as 5 years-old--who develop this painful disorder.
What's causing it? The consensus seems to be that it's the much maligned diet of the American kid, which includes a lot of sodium, much more than their little systems seem to be able to handle. From fast food to processed meats to "power drinks" kids these days are ingesting more sodium than ever before. And they're not drinking enough water, say the experts.
The article, by Laurie Tarkan, does a good job explaining the biology of kidney stones and the fix for kids unfortunate enough to develop them. Tarkan also highlights the symptoms, which can be difficult to diagnose in children.
So, Mamas, keep reading those food labels, cook fresh as much as you can, and push that water.