That a child has hypertension does not mean that it will imminently trigger life-threatening problems. He is young and has his whole life ahead of him. So you have to get down to work to prevent that annoying cardiovascular risk factor called hypertension (HTA) stop persecuting our son. 4 measures t
That a child has hypertension does not mean that it will imminently trigger life-threatening problems. He is young and has his whole life ahead of him. So you have to get down to work to prevent that annoying cardiovascular risk factor called hypertension (HTA) stop persecuting our son.
4 measures to stop infant hypertension
And the first thing that they will recommend us, while looking for the cause of HTN, is the most difficult: non-pharmacological measures. Because taking a pill and that's it, it's easy. But we have a whole life ahead of us, and we'll have to first correct some habits that we already imagined were anything but less healthy. These measures are fundamentally four: 1. Weight loss. It is shown that obesity has a direct relationship with hypertension in children. Also that the loss of weight entails an improvement in the control of blood pressure in hypertensive children and adolescents, independently of other factors. So, in a regulated way, if we are overweight we have to lose a few kilos. I say in a regulated way, because of the radical diets like Dunkan or similar, never in children. Always diets prescribed by your pediatrician or specialist in childhood endocrinology.
2. Physical exercise. The performance of maintained aerobic exercise is associated with improvement in the control of blood pressure in children and adolescents with essential hypertension. As a general approach, group and outdoor activities should be encouraged in schools and
combat sedentary lifestyle (time in front of television, computer or video games). So, if your child is one of those who can not take off the view of the smartphone or tablet, at least download an application that encourages you to exercise. 3. Dietary modifications. We must follow a healthy and varied diet, rich in fruits, vegetables and cereals and, above all, reducing salt intake
. Salt in the world is a problem derived from not seasoning food well over many years and in certain cultures. It is a flavor enhancer, but at high doses what it does is change the taste of the dishes, and in the end everything tastes salty. There are entire families that do not know the true flavor of food. It is time to change and reeducate the palate. To eliminate the salt shaker from the table. To prove to the world that we are so salty that we do not need one more bit of sodium chloride in our body. It is also recommended avoid excessive consumption of refined sugars , soft drinks and saturated fats, ie buns, trinkets and bread with sauces. Do not be surprised that in this you already knew that you were happening ...4. Reduction of stress. Are you a child? Then why are you stressed? We have forgotten that childhood is to enjoy it, so for a moment we will bury exams and competitions. Let's give the 'pause' five minutes and rethink how we want to remember the best years of our lives. Does your child relax this or that? Let him do it. Ride on a bike Let him play a musical instrument. Write Feeling at ease has also been shown to improve blood pressure levels. But it's not worth cheating. It does not help that your son comes to say that he likes watching television, playing with Play and eating chocolate palms. That is not worth it.The next step
is the pharmacological . And yes, there are medications that help control HTA, but that is already a thing of the pediatrician, nephrologist or child cardiologist. And always remember that, if your child does not meet the non-pharmacological measures, the antihypertensive can only do little.