Guidelines on kids and high blood pressure updated for the first time in 13 years
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Guidelines on kids and high blood pressure updated for the first time in 13 years

September 1, 2019


THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF DATA AND TRENDS .. INCLUDING AN INCREASE IN CHILDHOOD OBESITY.OBESITY IS LINKED TO HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE BUT THERE ARE ALSO A NUMBER OF KIDS WHO ARE OF HEALTHY WEIGHT AND STILL FACE THIS CONCERN. 3 DR. CARISSA BAKER-SMITH IS A LEAD AUTHOR OF THE NEW REPORT .. AND WHAT SHE AND A TEAM FOUND WAS THAT THE INITIAL GUIDELINES WERE FLAWED3 BUT USING ALL CHILDREN TO DETERMINE BLOOD PRESSURE TABLES — INCLUDING THOSE WITH UNHEALTHY WEIGHTS — SKEWED THE NUMBERS .. THE NEW GUIDELINES ONLY USE DATA FROM NORMAL-WEIGHT CHILDREN .. WHICH COULD NOW AFFECT HOW YOUR CHILD’S DOCTOR INTERPRETS THEIR HEAL 3 ABNORMAL BLOOD PRESSURE OR HYPERTENSION IN CHILDREN IS A CONCERN.3 THAT PROCESS CAN TAKE DECADES BUT IF IT STARTS IN CHILDHOOD .. YOU’RE MORE LIKELY TO SEE IT AS AN ADULT. 3 WHILE THE CONDITION IS MORE COMMON IN OVERWEIGHT KIDS .. OTHER CHILDREN CAN EXPERIENCE IT AS WELL3 3 DR. BAKER-SMITH SAID ALL CHILDREN 3 AND ABOVE SHOULD HAVE THEIR BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKED YEARLY .. OR MORE IF THE CHILD HAS ANY KNOWN RISK FACTORSTHE GUIDELINES ALSO ILLUSTRATE THE PROPER WAY TO CHECK A CHILD’S BLOOD PRESSURE AND THERE ARE MULTIPLE WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAMS FOR KIDS IN BALTIMORE — INCLUDING ONE RIGHT AT MT WASHINGTON PEDIATRIC HOSPITALIF YOU’D LIKE TO CHECK OUT THE FULL GUIDELINES WE HAVE THEM POSTED ON OUR SITE ABC2 NEWS DOT COM 3 3

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