Fluid Restrictions During the Holidays

Dialysis patients deal with several issues that make compliance with fluid restriction difficult all year round; however, during holiday seasons these issues are often compounded, making it particularly difficult to follow guidelines related to fluid restrictions. In addition, there are other dietary considerations that need to be taken in consideration, like sodium restriction. Registered dietitians can help patients personalize fluid restriction goals and manage thirst; they can also offer patients tips to plan their holiday meals. Educating patients about appropriate serving sizes, seasonings and hidden fluid can also prepare them for their festivities. Talk to your patients to help them enjoy their holiday season while avoiding unwanted hospitalizations or other health complications. For more information, please visit https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/fluid-overload-dialysis-patient.