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The Informed Parent

What’s Up Doc?

by John H. Samson, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Published on Oct. 11, 2010
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IS BLOOD PRESSURE MEASUREMENT NEEDED IN THE PEDIATRIC AGE GROUP?

An article in The Journal of Pediatrics, Sept. 2010 edition, p 461 shows 1% - 2% of African American girls and 0.5% of Caucasian girls exhibited elevated blood pressure. Many of these were related to obesity and changeable life style issues.

I find blood pressure is not always monitored during routine well child and physical examinations. It is important to pursue this from age two years on. Although hypertension is not frequently encountered, when it is found it may alert the physician to a potential serious kidney problem.

Be an informed parent. If a blood pressure is not taken for your child’s well check, ask for it to be measured.




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