One naturally just assumes normal blood pressure in children, but kids can and do develop HBP. This brief guide will help prevent your kids from getting hypertension or hypotension diseases.
What is the normal blood pressure for children?
Monitoring BP is not necessarily for grown-ups only. Children can and may suffer from hypotension or hypertension, as well. Just like adults, there is also a cut off rate to child bp. It varies by age.
Starting from age 3, the American Heart Association recommends that every child’s blood pressure be monitored. This is because as early as this age, underlying health problems may cause abnormal bp.
And if you are quick to spot changes in your son’s or daughter’s BP then you might be able to stop problems before they even start.
Average BP for kids 3 to 6 years old:
The normal blood pressure in children ages 3 to 6 years old is 104/63 to 116/74 mm/hg. This will also vary depending on the size and gender of the child. If the child is somewhat tall or big, then you can expect a higher BP rate than that of smaller kids.
Normal BP in children chart
|3 years old||104/63 mm/hg to 113/67 mm/hg||104/65 mm/hg to 110/68 mm/hg|
|4 years old||106/66 mm/hg to 115/71 mm/hg||105/67 mm/hg to 111/71 mm/hg|
|5 years old||108/69 mm/hg to 116/74 mm/hg||107/69 mm/hg to 113/73 mm/hg|
For Children aging 6 to 9 years old :
The ideal blood pressure for kids aging 6 to 9 years old is 108/71 to 121/81 mm/hg. Same as for adults, this can vary depending on the BMI or body mass index of the kid, as well as gender.
|6 years old||109/72 mm/hg to 117/76 mm/hg||108/71 mm/hg to 114/75 mm/hg|
|7 years old||110/74 mm/hg to 119/78 mm/hg||110/73 mm/hg to 116/76 mm/hg|
|8 years old||113/76 mm/hg to 121/81 mm/hg||114/75 mm/hg to 120/79 mm/hg|
BP Chart for Children aging 10 to 12 years old :
The normal BP for children aged 10-12 years old is 114/77 to 127/83 mm/hg. Still depending on the height, weight, and gender, these rates may differ from each other.
|10 years old||114/77 mm/hg to 123/82 mm/hg||116/77 mm/hg to 122/80 mm/hg|
|11 years old||116/78 mm/hg to 125/83 mm/hg||118/78 mm/hg to 124/83 mm/hg|
|12 years old||120/80 mm/hg to 127/83 mm/hg||120/79 mm/hg to 126/82 mm/hg|
These are the normal blood pressure ranges in children of these ages. Just like adults, to maintain the normal rate of bp, kids must stay in shape. Their diet and activities should be monitored so that they do not become obese. Obesity, even in kids, can result in hypertension.
A normal blood pressure in children is as important as in adults. We need to monitor them regularly for signs of abnormality and maintain a healthy heart, as well.
If kids at an early age maintain good blood pressure then the risk for developing hypertension in the future may be avoided.