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Posted by Rhonda on March 14, 2000 at 22:26:20:

In Reply to: Re: 5 yr old son has HBP...Help, please!!! posted by beatle on March 14, 2000 at 22:15:53:

: : My son's first BP reading was at his 4 year check-up in April of '99. He has had his pressure checked 4 times since then including tonight and the upper number is always high. The readings have ranged from 120/78 to 108/70. There is a family history of HBP on both sides of the family. He's a healthy happy, active boy, but I'm really worried. I've considered getting a cuff and learning how to do the reading myself becasue he gets very upset everytime he goes to the doctor. Is that a good idea? Are there doctors out there that specialize in kids with HB and should my son be seeing one? Does juicing help? I want to do everything I can! Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

: Anything I say should not substitute for advice from your doctor. If you can find a digital cuff with a childs size cuff, than the invesstment would be worth it. Its important you dont use a regular adult cuff as this would make the readings inaccurate. Its pretty difficult to learn how to take a BP over the internet. It takes demonstration and practice to learn. Try to stay calm as your anxiety will be picked up by your child and only make things worse. The top number (systolic) is high for his age. High blood pressure in children can often be caused by kidney problems. I would make an appointment with the doctor and ask if your sons BP is high enough to do any kidney tests on him. You are also always free to get a second opinion from another pediatrician.

: Thanks so much beatle:-)

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