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Protein Restriction

Protein requirements for children with renal failure

The body uses protein from foods to grow and repair cells. With kidney failure, your child will need to avoid excess protein. The kidneys may not be able to get rid of the waste products that come from eating too much protein. However, it is also important for your child to get enough protein for proper growth and nutrition. Your child's weight, medical condition, type of treatment, and laboratory values will be factors in determining how much protein your child needs. Your child's physician or dietitian will help determine how much protein your child needs.

What foods are high in protein?

The following foods are high in protein and should be restricted if your child has renal failure:

  • Meat (beef, chicken, pork, turkey)

  • Fish

  • Seafood (shrimp, scallops, clams, oysters)

  • Eggs

  • Dairy products (milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, pudding)

Helpful protein serving conversions

Your child's physician or dietitian will tell you how much protein your child can have each day. This will usually be listed in servings or grams per day.


Amount of Protein


Amount of Protein

chicken nuggets

6 grams/6 nuggets

regular hamburger

12.3 grams

chicken fingers

18 grams/6 pieces

1/4 lb burger

25.8 grams

chicken sandwich, plain

21 grams

fast food roast beef sandwich, plain

21.5 grams

chicken, 1/2 breast, fried

34.8 grams

pork chop, 1

25 grams

chicken wing, fried

9.73 grams

luncheon meats on 6-inch sub sandwich

21.8 grams

drumstick, fried

15 grams

1 large egg

6.3 grams