Would my child require to take medicine for high BP life long?
Depending on the causes of hypertension and control of hypertension,
the duration of drug treatment differs. Very few children with
hypertension require life long treatment since Primary/Idiopathic/essential
hypertension is rare in children. Familial hypertension can be
recognized by BP recording of children whose parents suffer from
high BP and non pharmacologic therapy started at early
Q9) Does any particular diet help in the treatment of high BP?
If high BP is due to essential hypertension with obesity- low
salt, low fat, high fiber diet with high potassium, calcium and
magnesium may help to reduce BP and also reduce the dose of drugs
used for high BP.
What is the chance of hypertension in other members of the family
if my child has one?
All children of hypertensive parents and all parents of hypertensive
children should have BP recordings. Although mode of inheritance
is not established, essential or primary hypertension is familial
and environmental factors may play a role in developing high BP
in susceptible individuals.
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