Children’s Ibuprofen and Naproxen Cause Kidney Damage in Kids


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Ibuprofen seems harmless, but it can cause kidney damage in kids. Photo by: Jak

It’s flu season, so should you give your little one Children’s Advil or a generic brand of ibuprofen or naproxen if he’s running a fever?

A new study shows that this type of medication, even in proper dosages, can cause acute kidney injury in kids.

What Do Kidneys Do?

Kidneys are important; they process your blood and sift out waste (which is expelled in urine). There are multiple factors that may cause the kidneys to decrease in function, such as acute kidney injury (this terms replaces acute renal failure).

When the kidneys aren’t working properly, your body has a dangerous build-up of waste, which puts your blood’s chemistry off balance. What causes acute kidney injury (AKI)?

A new study shows that one cause of AKI in kids is through the use of over-the-counter ibuprofen or naproxen for pain or fever.

Children’s Ibuprofen and Naproxen: Acute Kidney Injury Study

The study, entitled, Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Are an Important Cause of Acute Kidney Injury in Children, researchers discovered that nearly three percent of acute kidney injuries are caused after children are given the correct dose of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDS. Researchers also found that patients younger than five had the most severe cases; requiring dialysis and admission into the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

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