Child Blood Pressure

Child Blood Pressure
Q:
Child Blood Pressure

At her kindergarten physical my daughter had her blood pressure checked. I think it was the first time. Wherever I look on the Internet, I find adult blood pressure readings. What is a normal blood pressure in a 5-year- old girl?

A:

Dr. Greene’s Answer:

Boys generally have higher normal blood pressures than girls of the same age. Taller children have higher normal blood pressures than shorter children of the same age. For an average 5 year old girl, a normal blood pressure would be less than 106/68. A complete table of normal blood pressures for children can be found at www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/hypertension/child_tbl.htm.

Reviewed by: Jori Bogetz, Khanh-Van Le-Bucklin
Last reviewed: July 14, 2010
Dr. Alan Greene

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Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

 

Comments

  • Christy

    My son is 5 what should hires blood pressure be