High Blood Pressure in Children

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is a condition most often

associated with adults. But kids can have high blood pressure too. Dr. Edward Hill discusses childrens high blood pressure in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

In children, normal blood pressure values are based on the age, height and sex of the child.

Your doctor should measure your childs blood pressure at every office visit beginning at three years of age to see if it is normal for your child. High blood pressure usually doesnt cause symptoms in children. If it is very high, it may cause headaches, vomiting or seizures. If your child has any of these symptoms, you should see a doctor.

Doing the following can help lower blood pressure:

Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruit, vegetables, nonfat dairy, lean meats and whole grains

Exercise 30 to 60 minutes several days a week

Spend less than two hours per day watching television, using the computer or playing video games

Avoid tobacco, alcohol and drugs

Kids with very high blood pressure, blood pressure that doesnt get better with lifestyle changes, or possible heart or blood vessel damage need medicine to help lower blood pressure.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.