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Blood Pressure in Infants?
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Blood Pressure in Infants?

Just wondering what normal BP is for infant's under the age of 1 (7 months). Our daughter had really high bp for awhile, they could find no cause for it, and then it went away.That was several months ago,  her last couple checks (automatic machine from the cardiology office) have been running 105 for systolic (bottom number is always in the 50s). Is this anything to be monitored or likely not?
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Automatic blood pressure readings are notorious for being elevated compared to blood pressures done with a manual cuff.  Unfortunately in very young children it is difficult to measure blood pressure manually.  More often than not, if the child has good pulses in the arms and legs, and nothing to suggest kidney disease, then blood pressure elevation is usually artifactual.  I would not be overly worried about 105 mmHg systolic in an active 7 month old.
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