Children have different blood pressure readings compared to adults. Values can vary depending on age, gender, height, and weight.
Who should take blood pressure readings in children and adolescents?
ALL CHILDREN OVER THE AGE OF 3 SHOULD HAVE ROUTINE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS
For a child to be given a diagnosis of hypertension, they must have three separate elevated blood pressure readings. One elevated measurement does not necessarily mean your child has high blood pressure. However, it is enough to warrant having additional readings to rule out hypertension .If your child's healthcare provider does not routinely take their blood pressure, don't be afraid to ask. Your child's health is important enough to speak up. The NPBPAF is working hard so that one day soon it will not be up to you to ask. It will be done automatically just as height and weight are routinely measured.