After Your Child’s Kidney Transplant

New changes to your family's life

Taking a child home after a transplant can be stressful. Your family may feel fear, anger, depression and guilt about the kidney transplant. By sharing these feelings, you may find it easier to cope with change. Our team is here to help you in any way that we can.

Talking to your child

Many children believe a kidney transplant is caused by something they did, said or thought. Explain to your child that the cause of the kidney transplant was not his fault.

Talk to your child about his feelings. Let him know that his feelings are normal. Be honest with your child about your feelings.

Medicines after transplant

After a kidney transplant, your child will take important medicines called immunosuppressants. They will help keep your child from rejecting his new kidney and keep him in the best possible health.

Possible complications after transplant

Some children who receive a pediatric kidney transplant have complications. Infection and rejection are two of the most common complications after a pediatric kidney transplant. Your child's kidney transplant team will help you learn about the early signs of kidney transplant complications.

  • Rejection is a natural response of your child's immune system. The immune system is the body's defense against an “unknown” material such as viruses, bacteria and some types of cancers. Your child's body tries to reject the new kidney because it recognizes it as an unknown in the body.
  • Your child is more likely to get an infection when taking immunosuppressants. The risk of infection is greatest in the first three to six months after a kidney transplant.

Learn more about caring for your child after transplant