According to an article on Fox News more teens are being diagnosed with kidney stones. A study that followed teens or children form 12-17 years of age from 1984 to 2008 found a large increase in reported cases of kidney stones.
Whether the results are due to any particular change in diet or activity or the fact that highly sensitive CT scans are able to pick up very small stones is yet to be determined. Still the news is alarming.
Kidney stones develop when the urine contains more crystal-forming substances — like calcium, uric acid and a compound called oxalate — than can be diluted by the available fluid.
Smaller kidney stones are not usually a problem as they are able to pass through urine without treatment. Pain can be associated with the passing and pain medication may be prescribed. Drinking plenty of fluids help move the stones on through.
When children have larger stones, they may need to be admitted to a hospital for treatment.