High Blood Pressure In Children!

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High blood pressure is a condition of which the force of the blood against the artery walls is too high!
High blood pressure is also called hypertension.

Hypertension is defined as blood pressure above 140/90. It is considered severe if the pressure is above 180/120.

It's rare to imagine that children can have or develop high blood pressure  because of the kinds of beliefs adults hold unto.

Yes, children are young and don't face the kind of stress adults face, particularly when it comes to daily activities and routines.

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Children are open minded, thus worry less about situations around them.

Children have most times of the day scheduled to manage their routines unlike adults who work round the clock!

The list can go on and on and on!
No matter what beliefs there are, children are influenced by their environment, thus are also at risk of HBP.

High blood pressure in children younger than 6 years old may be caused by certain medical conditions ranging from heart defects, kidneys diseases, genetic conditions or even hormonal disorders.This is called secondary hypertension.While older children can develop this condition for same reasons that adults do.

This ranges from poor nutrition, to excess weight or obesity and lack of exercise.

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 It should be worthy of note that older children who are overweight are most likely to have primary hypertension.This happens without an underlying condition.

Having a family history of HBP, Type 2 diabetes or high fasting blood sugar and high cholesterol can lead also to primary hypertension.

Eating too much salt and being sedentary is likely to lead to primary hypertension too.

Now, to the symptoms?
HBP does not usually cause symptoms but certain signs indicate a high blood pressure emergency.

This includes headaches, seizures, vomiting, chest pains, heart palpitations and shortness of breath.

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Exhibiting these symptoms mean the child needs medicare.

However, the risk factors for children depends on lifestyle, genetics and health conditions.

Routine checks are very vital for all children starting from age 3.

Children who have conditions that can increase the risk of HBP like having low birth weight, premature birth, kidney and heart diseases should have blood pressure checks from infancy.

A healthy lifestyle would help, where eating healthy and exercising more can help reduce high blood pressure in children. 
However, for some children, medications may be necessary.

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For every reason there might be, which bothers on a child having a risk factor for HBP, never keep the concerns to yourself but share with a good doctor.

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  1. Yaa you are right and very well written 👍

  2. Parents should give the healthy diet like fruits and green vegetables and most importantly avoid junk foods...

  3. Your blogs are full of knowledge and information 👍

  4. Nicely done....get to know so many things...❤

  5. Great post, fruits are of great help also like cucumber



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