The Importance of Advocacy for Neonatal Kidney Health

Why is neonatal kidney health important?  Kidney injury occurs in up to a third of critically ill neonates and those who develop kidney injury are four times more likely to die. Neonates with kidney injury and preterm neonates have an increased risk for chronic kidney disease later in life. The mission of the Neonatal Kidney Collaborative is to improve neonatal kidney health by supporting collaborative research, advocacy, and education opportunities. Our goals are to reduce the prevalence of kidney injury, optimize kidney care in the neonatal intensive care unit, and improve longterm kidney related outcomes.