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Posted by beatle on January 27, 2000 at 00:26:46:

In Reply to: High blood pressure in 5 yr old girl? Help! posted by Theresa on January 22, 2000 at 15:59:06:

: I took my 5 yr old daughter to the doctor about a month ago. The doctor was a little concerned because her bp was 120/83. The doc said it was high and wanted to see her back again in a few weeks. So we just went again and the bp was even higher at a 122/94. The doctor "looked" worried and took her bp about 10 different times at all different parts of herbody still getting the same reading. Even though to me, she looked worried, all she said was to come back next week for a third bp reading and if it is still high, my daughter will need a complete blood workup because high bp in children is a sign of kidney problems. Now I am scared out of my wits that something is wrong with my little girl. Now that we know she has high bp, some traits come to mind that we just passed off as normal. For instance, when she gets overly excited or angry, her face gets all red in blotches. Also, sometimes her skin coloration is yellowish. She is otherwise a healthy girl (or so I thought) and not overweight. High bp does not run in our family. Does anyone know what is going on or has anyone gone through this before? Please help me understand!

Anything I say should not substitute for advice from your doctor. The best thing you can do right now is relax (I know its not easy). If your daughter is picking up your nervousness, it will only make you daughter anxious also. She needs to be as relaxed as possible for the next blood pressure check. Its too early to tell how its going to end. The blood pressure may very well be normal on the next visit.
beatle1234a@ivillage.com

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