WARNING: The information in this section is meant as a general guide for parents and caregivers of children with certain problems related to peritoneal dialysis. It is not intended to replace the recommendations of your child’s healthcare team.
Discuss your child’s unique needs with the healthcare team, including WHO and WHEN to contact when problems arise.
Problems related to the material
Discharge, redness, heat, swelling, bad odor and/or pain around the catheter insertion site
Bump or red line near the catheter insertion site with redness, swelling, pain or tenderness and/or discharge
Disconnection between patient line and extension during dialysis
Disconnection between MiniCap disconnecting cap and extension tubing
Disconnection between the extension and the catheter
Contamination of the extension tip during dialysis connection
Drainage from the bag during the dialysis session
Dislodgement of the catheter; catheter cuff visible outside the insertion site
Problems related to the peritoneal dialysis session or the child's general condition
Cloudy effluent (as if milk had been added) with any of these symptoms: Constant pain in the belly; Chills; Fever (≥ 38⁰C rectal or ≥ 37.5⁰C oral or ≥ 37.5⁰C axilla); Nausea; Vomiting; Decreased effluent drainage; Headache; Loss of appetite; Fatigue; Abdominal muscle cramps or spasms (stiffness, pain)
Filaments (threads) or small white pieces in the effluent
Pink or red effluent
Slow or blocked infusion of the dialysate
One and/or the other of these symptoms: Rapid increase in weight compared to your child's dry weight; Swelling of the hands, ankles, feet, around the eyes and/or face; Hypertension (high blood pressure); Difficulty breathing; Shortness of breath; Low urine output
One and/or the other of these symptoms: Rapid weight loss compared to your child's dry weight; Dizziness; Less saliva, dry lips; Low blood pressure; Orthostatic low blood pressure (low blood pressure and increased pulse) when the child moves from a lying to a sitting position); Increased pulse rate; Muscle cramps, especially in the legs; Weakness; Dark eyes
Decrease in ultrafiltration/decreased effluent
Abdominal cramps during drainage
One and/or the other of these symptoms: Fatigue; Muscle weakness; Decreased energy; Increased sleep
Restless legs (need to move the legs at night or while lying down)
For specific advice on your child or any other questions, do not hesitate to contact your child’s healthcare team.