High Blood Pressure in Children
Parents…do you know about High Blood Pressure in
Are you a parent?
If so…here’s something you must know to protect your kids!
The sudden rise in children suffering from hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is causing world
wide concern in parents, as well as medical professionals.
It is vitally important that blood pressure be better monitored in children, especially since the complications
from hypertension can cause stroke or heart attack in their future.
Blood pressure in children is measured the same way as it is measured in adults, by using
a sphygmomanometer. This instrument measures blood pressure in milliliters of mercury.
However, when taking the blood pressure of a child, caution should be used. Many factors can cause variations in
readings on children.
A major problem with blood pressure assessment in children is that children can get excited very easily. This
excitement can cause variations in their blood pressure readings.
So it is extremely important to ensure the child is not in an excited state when going to the doctor to have
their blood pressure taken as you need to be able to accurately assess the true blood pressure
In the event that your child has developed high blood pressure, specific questions need to be asked of your
child by a doctor.
Some of these questions may include:
- How long has the blood pressure in the child been elevated?
- Are there any other noticeable symptoms of hypertension?
- Any known factors that could have attributed to the elevated blood pressure?
When compared to cases of adult hypertension, high blood pressure in children is not
always noticeable until there is some sort of organ damage or dysfunction.
Consequently, it may take some time before affected children get the medical treatment they may desperately
This causes organ damage in children with high blood pressure, something that could have otherwise been avoided
with treatment or preventative care.
If organ damage is present, blood pressure in children may also be
harder to monitor.
In the United States, many of the contributing factors in the rise of high blood in children can be blamed on
everyday lifestyles. In the US, the fast food culture is so prevalent that many American children are now
suffering from Child Obesity.
Diets have become poor, and full of saturated fat and cholesterol, while fewer children get regular daily
It is very important to monitor your child's diet, and see to it that they get regular exercise as opposed to
playing video games, computer games, or watching hour upon hour of television.
If un-diagnosed in children, high blood pressure can cause them severe health problems in the future, including
cardiovascular issues such as heart attack.
So to all responsible parents…don’t wait a moment longer…protect your most loved possession and find out right
now…what are your kids blood pressure readings?