National Pediatric Blood Pressure Awareness Foundation  501(c)(3)

National Pediatric Blood Pressure Awareness Foundation

    The NPBPAF is a national, non-profit organization founded to ensure that every child receives routine blood pressure monitoring through the physician's office, emergency departments, and any other facility that cares for children.  This will be achieved through raising awareness with health care providers including the physicians, nurses and other support staff along with parents.  Our goal is to educate parents on the important benefits of having routine blood pressure monitoring beginning at age 3 as recommended by both the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

An estimated 2 million children in our country have undiagnosed hypertension (high blood pressure.)  This is a serious issue that if left untreated can lead to permanent organ failure, stroke, heart attack or even possibly death.

"Many children have at least one risk factor for high blood pressure, including premature birth, family history and obesity.  Early detection is key - this is best achieved through increased awareness and consistent blood pressure screening of all our children.
Meghan P. Howell, MD, FAAP
Tulane University School of Medicine
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Section of General Academic Pediatrics


What is the purpose of the NPBPAF?


  • to promote awareness for regular pediatric blood pressure monitoring

  • to promote awareness on the incidence of undiagnosed pediatric hypertension

  • to encourage health care providers who regularly care for children to make blood pressure monitoring part of routine vitals

  • to help diagnose and provide early treatment for the conditions that cause children to have hypertension through non-invasive means such as regular blood pressure monitoring

  • to educate health care support staff including Medical Assistants, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Registered Nurses on the importance of taking pediatric blood pressure

  • to educate parents on the importance of making sure their children have regular blood pressure monitoring by health care providers

  • to work with physicians and other medical support staff in the area of research and understanding of pediatric hypertension

  • to provide home blood pressure machines for children whose family would otherwise be unable to afford one when not covered by insurance

Thank you for visiting.  The information found within this website is not intended to replace that of your physician.  

Parents, please take the time to educate yourself on the importance of asking for your children to have their blood pressure taken at every well child visit if your doctor doesn't include this as a part of vitals. It could potentially save the life of your child.
At their next vist think FOUR: 
Height, weight, temperature, and blood pressure!

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