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Health Library : Genitourinary and Kidney Disorders


Protein Restriction

Protein requirements for children with renal 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. However, 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 be factors in determining how much protein your child needs. Your child's physician or dietitian will help determine this, too.

What foods are high in protein?

The following foods are high in protein and you should discuss appropriate amounts with your health care provider if your child has renal failure:

  • Meat (beef, chicken, pork, turkey)
  • Fish
  • Seafood (shrimp, scallops, clams, oysters)
  • Eggs
  • Dairy products (milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, pudding)

Helpful protein serving conversions

Your child's doctor 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.

FoodAmount of proteinFoodAmount of protein
Chicken nuggets6 grams/6 nuggetsRegular hamburger12.3 grams
Chicken fingers18 grams/6 pieces1/4 lb burger25.8 grams
Chicken sandwich, plain21 gramsFast food roast beef sandwich, plain21.5 grams
Chicken, 1/2 breast, fried34.8 gramsPork chop, 125 grams
Chicken wing, fried9.73 gramsLuncheon meats on 6-inch sub sandwich21.8 grams
Drumstick, fried15 grams1 large egg6.3 grams

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