Research Topic

Nutrition and Kidney Disease

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Optimal growth and nutrition is highly relevant to meeting 12 of the WHO’s Sustainable Developmental Goals for 2030 and has a profound impact on kidney health and survival. Kidney diseases in children pose unique challenges to optimizing their growth and nutrition. Kidney diseases may result in stunting, undernutrition, overnutrition, altered fluid homeostasis, electrolyte imbalance, and other nutritional deficiencies. Besides chronic kidney disease, children with acute kidney injury, glomerular disease, tubular disorders, stone disease, hypertension, and transplantation also have specific nutritional needs. With the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic adversely affecting nutritional intake and physical activity in children, kidney-specific dietary requirements should be brought into focus.



This Research Topic intends to:

1. Provide a comprehensive overview of recognition, assessment, and management of growth and nutrition in children and adolescents with kidney diseases.

2. Give an update on the recent developments in the field of growth and nutrition in children with kidney disease

3. Bring together renal dieticians and clinicians to discuss renal nutrition pertaining to chronic kidney disease including patient education.

4. Highlight the gaps and solutions to problems of growth and nutrition of children with kidney disease belonging from under-resourced regions

5. Emphasize the need for innovative approaches such as renal tele-nutrition, transition in nutritional care for adolescents, precision nutrition, and culinary medicine which offer personalised patient-centred nutrition care.



The Kidney Disease Outcome Quality Initiative 2008 and the Pediatric Renal Nutrition Taskforce 2020 guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations on the assessment and management of children with chronic kidney disease. However, these committees highlight important knowledge gaps related to nutritional care in these children. It is not uncommon to find adult nutritional concepts being extrapolated to children. Instead, it would be ideal to discuss the key concepts of renal nutrition from a growing child’s perspective. Manuscripts can be in the form of a review article (Review, Mini Review, Systematic Review), Original Research, Perspective, Case Report, and Brief Research Report.



This article collection intends to provide discussion on 5 themes:

1. Growth and nutrition in children with tubular disorders including renal stone disease

2. Nutritional management of acute kidney injury

3. Focused topics on chronic kidney disease, dialysis, and transplantation: Growth, Hyperphosphatemia, Vitamin D deficiency, and Programmed exercise therapy

4. Nutritional aspects of glomerular diseases including hypertension

5. Special needs in nutritional care for children from under-resourced regions.


Keywords: nutrition, kidney, renal disease, children, adolescents, pediatrics


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Optimal growth and nutrition is highly relevant to meeting 12 of the WHO’s Sustainable Developmental Goals for 2030 and has a profound impact on kidney health and survival. Kidney diseases in children pose unique challenges to optimizing their growth and nutrition. Kidney diseases may result in stunting, undernutrition, overnutrition, altered fluid homeostasis, electrolyte imbalance, and other nutritional deficiencies. Besides chronic kidney disease, children with acute kidney injury, glomerular disease, tubular disorders, stone disease, hypertension, and transplantation also have specific nutritional needs. With the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic adversely affecting nutritional intake and physical activity in children, kidney-specific dietary requirements should be brought into focus.



This Research Topic intends to:

1. Provide a comprehensive overview of recognition, assessment, and management of growth and nutrition in children and adolescents with kidney diseases.

2. Give an update on the recent developments in the field of growth and nutrition in children with kidney disease

3. Bring together renal dieticians and clinicians to discuss renal nutrition pertaining to chronic kidney disease including patient education.

4. Highlight the gaps and solutions to problems of growth and nutrition of children with kidney disease belonging from under-resourced regions

5. Emphasize the need for innovative approaches such as renal tele-nutrition, transition in nutritional care for adolescents, precision nutrition, and culinary medicine which offer personalised patient-centred nutrition care.



The Kidney Disease Outcome Quality Initiative 2008 and the Pediatric Renal Nutrition Taskforce 2020 guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations on the assessment and management of children with chronic kidney disease. However, these committees highlight important knowledge gaps related to nutritional care in these children. It is not uncommon to find adult nutritional concepts being extrapolated to children. Instead, it would be ideal to discuss the key concepts of renal nutrition from a growing child’s perspective. Manuscripts can be in the form of a review article (Review, Mini Review, Systematic Review), Original Research, Perspective, Case Report, and Brief Research Report.



This article collection intends to provide discussion on 5 themes:

1. Growth and nutrition in children with tubular disorders including renal stone disease

2. Nutritional management of acute kidney injury

3. Focused topics on chronic kidney disease, dialysis, and transplantation: Growth, Hyperphosphatemia, Vitamin D deficiency, and Programmed exercise therapy

4. Nutritional aspects of glomerular diseases including hypertension

5. Special needs in nutritional care for children from under-resourced regions.


Keywords: nutrition, kidney, renal disease, children, adolescents, pediatrics


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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23 November 2021 Abstract
23 March 2022 Manuscript

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23 November 2021 Abstract
23 March 2022 Manuscript

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