When we think of “kidney stones,” the image of a typical patient is

usually not a child. But surprisingly, kidney stone disease in children and

teens has increased five-fold from the late 1990s to the early 2000s and now

accounts for 1 in 685 hospital admissions for children. Many experts believe

the increase in incidence and prevalence can be attributed to major dietary

and environmental changes in the United States. Research indicates the rise

in pediatric kidney disease is a result of children drinking much less water

and milk than previous generations and consuming more sodium through

processed foods. It's a growing problem, and we are eager to share more

information with our audience.  Today we welcome Dr. Kirsten Kusumi from Akron Children's Hospital.