As normal people, we can drink water whenever we need and we do not have to limit the intake. But when we are diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome, we may have to restrict fluid intake. How much fluid can a Nephrotic Syndrome patient take per day? In the following, you may find the answer.
Why Nephrotic Syndrome patients limit fluid intake?
One of the main function of the kidney is to balance fluid intake in the body. But Nephrotic Syndrome makes your kidney unable to get rid of excess water. Excess water in the body will cause many problems, such as swelling in your face, hands and feet, trouble breathing from fluid in your lungs, heart damage from stretching your heart with too much fluid, high blood pressure and so on.
How much fluid can a Nephrotic Syndrome patient take per day?
The daily fluid recommendation for each patient various a great deal. Generally speaking, the more urine you produces, the more fluid you can take. It should depend on how impaired your kidney function is. There is a general rule that the fluid intake is the urine output in the previous day plus 500-700 ml of fluid. If you would like to know how much fluid you can take, you can contact our online doctor.
Tips on limiting fluids and controlling thirst
-Avoid high-sodium or very sweet foods which may make you feel thirsty and increase your fluid intake.
-Gargle with ice cold water, suck an ice cube, or chew gum to stimulate saliva.
-Drink from small cups or glasses.
-Rinse your mouth with cold water and spit it out.
-Drink only when you are thirsty, and just enough to quench your thirst.
Fluid intake plays an important role in your kidney disease progression, so you have to pay attention to it.