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Your child has been diagnosed with hyperkalemia, which is a high level of potassium in the blood. Potassium helps with the function of nerve and muscle cells, including those in the heart. A high level of potassium in the blood can cause abnormal heart rhythms and inability to breathe, and it can even cause the heart to stop beating. Here's what you need to know about home care.
Your child should eat less of these potassium-rich foods:
Bananas (your child should avoid bananas completely)
Oranges and orange juics
Tell your doctor about all prescription and over-the-counter medications your child is taking. Several medications can increase potassium levels.
Be sure to give your child all medications exactly as directed by your doctor.
Learn to take your child’s pulse. If your child’s pulse is less than 60 beats per minute or irregular, call your child’s doctor. If your child is an infant, report any pulse less than 80 beats per minute.
Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.
Have your child’s potassium levels checked regularly.
Keep all follow-up appointments. Your child’s doctor needs to monitor your child’s condition closely.
Call the doctor right away if your child has any of the following:
Shortness of breath
Slow, irregular heartbeat