High Blood Pressure and Infants
If you are thinking that high blood pressure is a condition that affects only adults, then you are completely wrong. Teenagers, infants as well as newborns may suffer from this condition.
It has been noticed that about five percent of children experience hypertension. The chance of having hypertension as adults is higher these days.
Hypertension in infants is often caused due to premature birth. In other cases, they might have problems with different organs of the body such as the heart, kidneys, lungs or the cardiovascular system in general and these problems may cause hypertension.
These infants may face problems like coarctation of the aorta. This simply means that the blood vessel carrying blood to the heart is slender. The condition can also occur because of a blood clot in one of the blood vessels of the kidneys.
Some other causes, apart from these, include medicine side effects, any kind of tumor, and exposure to drugs such as cocaine when in the womb, genetic issues or problems associated with the functioning of the thyroid gland. The blood pressure in infants is supposed to be about 64/ 41 and it increases with the growth of the baby.
Though the hypertension symptoms are often not seen in infants, there are some that reveal high blood pressure. These include pale or bluish skin, rapid breathing, frequent urination and zero weight gain.
Apart from these, other symptoms include troublesome breathing, irritability, seizures, and vomiting. The only way to find out if an infant has hypertension is to take their blood pressure reading. In infants, this is done with the use of an automated device.
Hypertension treatment for infants is based on the cause of the problem. It may include dialysis, drug therapy and surgical intervention such as coarctation repairing or transplantation.
Again, the rate of recovery depends on the cause of the problem in infants. As a parent, you have to know when to take medical advice. It can be when you see that your baby is not progressing in weight, suffering from urinary tract infection or having bluish skin or looking irritable most of the time.
You can certainly take some steps to decrease the risk of your kid developing this condition. For example, before you get pregnant, take your doctor’s advice, if you have a family history of kidney disease, hypertension or congenital heart disease. It is always better to consult your doctor before you plan to become a mother.
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