Kidney stones growing more common in kids

May 20, 2009 9:35:48 AM PDT
When you hear the words "kidney stones" you probably think of a condition that afflicts the middle-aged. But new evidence shows that kidney stones are becoming more common in children. Poor diet, physical inactivity and rising rates of childhood obesity are partially to blame.

Children with kidney stones often have different symptoms than adults. Vague abdominal pain, belly button or back pain can be signs.

According to a report from the University of Michigan, the best way to prevent kidney stones in children is to encourage them to drink plenty of water.