When should I see a healthcare provider about my child’s high blood pressure?

When should I see a healthcare provider about my child’s high blood pressure?

If your child has no risk factors for high blood pressure, the doctor will likely start measuring it at annual checkups, beginning at age 3. If your child does have risk factors, your doctor may start checking blood pressure when the child is an infant. This testing will allow your doctor to check your baby for signs of high blood pressure and treat it right away.

What questions should I ask my doctor about high blood pressure in children?

If your child has high blood pressure, you may want to ask your doctor:

  • What caused my child’s high blood pressure?
  • How serious is high blood pressure at this age?
  • What is the right treatment for my child?
  • What can we do at home to lower my child’s blood pressure?