Antibiotics Cause Kidney Stones in Children and Adolescents?

The consumption of antibiotic drugs can only be done when you are exposed to the disease due to bacterial infection. These drugs should be consumed in accordance with the prescription, so as not to cause antibiotic resistance. Not only that, recent research suggests that consumption of antibiotics that are not appropriate indications also increase the risk of kidney stones in children and adolescents.
According to dr. Astrid Wulan Kusumoastuti, antibiotic resistance causes treatment not to run optimally. This happens due to various causes. "One of the causes of resistance is a history of consumption of antibiotics that are not complete before," said dr. Astrid.

Antibiotics and kidney stones

The study has been published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology . It is said, kidney stones due to antibiotics are more at risk of young age and those who have just taken the drug type.

"The overall prevalence of kidney stones has increased over the last 30 years among young people and young women drastically," said study leader who is also a pediatric urologist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Gregory E. Tasian, quoted by Science Daily.

Meanwhile, Michele Denburg as another researcher mentions that the reason for increased incidence of kidney stones is still unknown. To be sure, they show that oral antibiotics (drinking) play a role, given that children are often prescribed antibiotics at a higher rate than adults.

According to them, antibiotics are able to change the composition of microbes in the body. Disorders of intestinal and urinary microbiomas are closely related to the occurrence of kidney stones. However, this is actually still need more deepening.

Tips to Overcome Kidney Stones

Regardless of antibiotics or not, kidney stones should be treated as early as possible. A number of ways can be done, in accordance with the recommendations dr. Alvin Nursalim.

Based on the explanation dr. Alvin, a kidney stone is a hard mass formed from the deposition of crystals in the urine. This stone is most often formed in the kidney or ureter, the urinary tract that connects between the kidneys with the bladder.

"Kidney stones can be sized from as small as sand to as big as grapes. Most of the kidney stones are formed out along with urine without causing any complaints. If kidney stones are large (more than 2-3 mm), then it can cause complaints due to blockage of the urinary tract, "he said.

Further, dr. Alvin explains that a person will not feel any symptoms when the stone is still small. Even sometimes, the stones come out on their own during urination. His condition is often seen as a sandy piss. But on a larger stone, complaints of pain, nausea and difficult urination can not be avoided anymore.

Well , to prevent kidney stones, here are some suggestions from dr. Alvin you can follow:
  • Drink plenty of water, so urine production can be 2-2.5 liters per day.
  • Apply diet low in protein, nitrogen, and salt.
  • Avoid excess C vitamins, especially those from supplements.
  • Avoid excessive calcium consumption.
  • Drug consumption depends on the type of stone. Some of the most commonly used drugs are thiazides, potassium citrate, magnesium citrate, and allopurinol.
Do not let kidney stones interfere with your activities, let alone to degrade the quality of life. To prevent this disease, it is wise to take antibiotics, and apply what has been presented dr. Alvin above.

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