13 doctors weighed in:
Can hypertension occur in children?
13 doctors weighed in

Dr. Paul Abramson
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Elevated blood pressure in children is more commonly due to an underlying medical condition than in adults.
But with the rise in childhood obesity this may be changing, similar to the rise in childhood type ii diabetes mellitus.

In brief: Yes
Elevated blood pressure in children is more commonly due to an underlying medical condition than in adults.
But with the rise in childhood obesity this may be changing, similar to the rise in childhood type ii diabetes mellitus.
Dr. Paul Abramson
Dr. Paul Abramson
Thank
Dr. Paige Gutheil
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Hypertension is more rare in children, but it does happen.
There are many causes of hypertension that need to be ruled out when it is diagnosed in children. Rising rates of childhood obesity has made childhood hypertension more common as well.

In brief: Yes
Hypertension is more rare in children, but it does happen.
There are many causes of hypertension that need to be ruled out when it is diagnosed in children. Rising rates of childhood obesity has made childhood hypertension more common as well.
Dr. Paige Gutheil
Dr. Paige Gutheil
Thank
Dr. Andrew Carroll
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Yes, particularly in obese children.

In brief: Yes
Yes, particularly in obese children.
Dr. Andrew Carroll
Dr. Andrew Carroll
Thank
Dr. Jason Campbell
Family Medicine
In brief: Yes
Unfortunately, yes - hypertension can occur in children.
The american heart association recommends screening children as young as 4 for blood pressure on annual screening evaluations. The best options for helping prevent hypertension in children is a healthy diet, appropriate exercise, and monitoring to maintain a healthy weight.

In brief: Yes
Unfortunately, yes - hypertension can occur in children.
The american heart association recommends screening children as young as 4 for blood pressure on annual screening evaluations. The best options for helping prevent hypertension in children is a healthy diet, appropriate exercise, and monitoring to maintain a healthy weight.
Dr. Jason Campbell
Dr. Jason Campbell
Thank
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine
In brief: Yes
Hypertension can occur at any age.
Unfortunately, it is becoming more common in children due to poor diets and decreased physical activity.

In brief: Yes
Hypertension can occur at any age.
Unfortunately, it is becoming more common in children due to poor diets and decreased physical activity.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Thank
Dr. Jonathan Leibowitz
Internal Medicine
In brief: Yes
If you got a fat kid eating pizzy and other supersized junk he/she will get fat and have high blood pressure just like mom and dad - of course you do have the unfortunate kids with primary kidney disease and resultant hypertension - we are not talking abt those -.

In brief: Yes
If you got a fat kid eating pizzy and other supersized junk he/she will get fat and have high blood pressure just like mom and dad - of course you do have the unfortunate kids with primary kidney disease and resultant hypertension - we are not talking abt those -.
Dr. Jonathan Leibowitz
Dr. Jonathan Leibowitz
Thank
Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine
In brief: Yes
While there are some specific diseases such as diabetes and kidney disease that can lead to hypertension in children, obesity is far and away the most common cause.
It used to be relatively rare to see hypertension in children, but it is now found in a significant percentage of teenagers and requires close medical follow-up.

In brief: Yes
While there are some specific diseases such as diabetes and kidney disease that can lead to hypertension in children, obesity is far and away the most common cause.
It used to be relatively rare to see hypertension in children, but it is now found in a significant percentage of teenagers and requires close medical follow-up.
Dr. Michael Klein
Dr. Michael Klein
Thank
Dr. Theodore Cole
Family Medicine
In brief: Yes
Although not common, it does happen.
Any child with hypertension needs a full medical evaluation to determine the causes.

In brief: Yes
Although not common, it does happen.
Any child with hypertension needs a full medical evaluation to determine the causes.
Dr. Theodore Cole
Dr. Theodore Cole
Thank
Dr. Jonathan Leibowitz
Internal Medicine
In brief: Yes
Used to be mainky in children with specific disorders - now with fat kids high on fast foods - all bets r off!

In brief: Yes
Used to be mainky in children with specific disorders - now with fat kids high on fast foods - all bets r off!
Dr. Jonathan Leibowitz
Dr. Jonathan Leibowitz
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Umesh Patel
Board Certified, Internal Medicine - Cardiology
38 years in practice
1M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors