Discharge Instructions for Hyperkalemia (Pediatric) - Fairview Health Services
 
Print
Request Appointment

Discharge Instructions for Hyperkalemia (Pediatric)

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.

Diet Changes

Your child should eat less of these potassium-rich foods:

  • Bananas (your child should avoid bananas completely)

  • Apricots

  • Oranges and orange juics

  • Dried fruit

  • Tomatoes

  • Spinach

  • Melons 

  • Peas

  • Dry beans

  • Potatoes

  • Sweet potatoes

  • Avocados

  • Milk

  • Yogurt

Other Home Care

  • 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.

Follow-Up

  • 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.

 

When to Call Your Child's Doctor

Call the doctor right away if your child has any of the following:

  • Fatigue

  • Shortness of breath

  • Chest pain

  • Slow, irregular heartbeat

  • Fainting

  • Dizziness

  • Lightheadedness

  • Confusion

 

 

Was this helpful?

Yes No
 

Tell us more.

Check all that apply.
 
 
 
 
 
NEXT ▶

Last question: How confident are you filling out medical forms by yourself?

Not at all A little Somewhat Quite a bit Extremely

Thank You!

 
 Visit Other Fairview Sites 
 
 
(c) 2012 Fairview Health Services. All rights reserved.