Advice to the Families of the Pediatric Stone Former

© Springer-Verlag London 2017
Abhay Rané, Burak Turna, Riccardo Autorino and Jens J. Rassweiler (eds.)Practical Tips in Urology10.1007/978-1-4471-4348-2_23

23. Advice to the Families of the Pediatric Stone Former

Ali Tekin  and Oktay Nazlı 

Department of Urology, Ege University School of Medicine, Bornova, Turkey



Ali Tekin (Corresponding author)


Oktay Nazlı


Parents of the pediatric stone formers ask the physicians what they should give attention to or what the doctors recommend, in order to prevent the recurrence of stone disease. Answering these questions is always difficult in clinical practice. In this chapter we aim to clarify this relatively unexplored subject.

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Pediatric urolithiasis differs from the adult disease with a higher risk of recurrence and its association with the metabolism. Lifestyle changes to be made for the treatment of pediatric urolithiasis are not much different than those required for a healthy life. However, one must balance the needs of the organism and the treatment requirements for the urinary system stone disease in children at the developmental age. Parents should undertake this task for children who cannot make their own decisions and meet their own needs. Especially the nutritional advices of the physician should be considered as a lifestyle standard rather than a short term treatment and followed by the entire family, thus motivating the child.

Liquid Intake

The main goal pursued in determining the daily amount of liquid intake is to prevent the super saturation of stone forming metabolites in the urine [3]. At least 2.5 L of daily liquid intake is advised to adults to produce at least 2 L of urine [2]. Same rates should be proportioned according to the body surface area for children and the daily liquid intake should be regulated to obtain daily urine production with a rate of 2 L/1.73 m2. As the urine concentration increases at nights especially in cases with cystinuria, children should be encouraged to drink water right before going to bed and when they wake up at night to urinate [6]. In case of increased fluid loss as a result of temperature rise, excessive perspiration and diarrhea, the liquid intake should be increased accordingly. Although all kinds of liquids prevent the super saturation of the urine in theory; children should avoid fruit juices, tea, coffee and cocoa drinks for their oxalate contents; tomato juice for its salt content and instant drinks sweetened with fructose associated with hyperuricuria. One of the rare fruit juices that can be recommended for children with urolithiasis is lemonade, as it increases the amount of citrate in the urine. Since instant lemonades contain fructose and a low volume of lemon juice, homemade lemonades should be preferred. Nevertheless, grapefruit, orange and apple juices are not recommended as they might increase the concentration of oxalate in the urine [7].


Patients with stone disease used to be advised to have calcium-poor diets in the past. Studies made with a large number of patients revealed an inverse proportion between the calcium oxalate stones and the amount of calcium in the diet [4]. As calcium in the bowels binds oxalate, increased amount of calcium in the diet reduces the absorption of oxalate in the bowels. In patients with fat malabsorption calcium in the diet combines with fatty acids requiring a higher amount of calcium intake than the daily recommended dose. When calcium intake in the diet is insufficient, it should be supported with calcium containing preparations. Calcium citrate is the ideal choice for this purpose, as it increases the amount of citrate in the urine at the same time.

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Nov 21, 2017 | Posted by in UROLOGY | Comments Off on Advice to the Families of the Pediatric Stone Former

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