One of the greatest risk factors for children is obesity . This could be due to a poor diet and excess consumption of food or lack of exercise. No matter the cause, though, this greatly increases a child’s chances of developing high blood pressure. Therefore, it’s appropriate to encourage a healthy diet and regular exercise to reverse obesity and, even better, to prevent it.Other risk factors include exposure to tobacco smoke, sleep-related issues like sleep apnea and other medical problems. This means that you should limit your child’s exposure to even secondhand smoke, which can cause blood pressure to soar. Additionally, regular visits to the doctor will reveal problems that could put your child at risk. His or her doctor should then be able to advise you on what steps to take.
HBP or hypertension causes blood to push too hard on the blood vessels. This can damage the vessels themselves, along with the heart and other organs. Surely you wouldn’t want that!
In addition, hypertension can lead to pediatric stroke. Stroke isn’t something normally associated with children either, but it is a very real possibility. And a serious complication to boot! In fact, it is one of the top ten causes of death in kids .However, that doesn’t always have to be the outcome. Knowing the signs could make all the difference. Since the month of May is Pediatric Stroke Awareness Month, why not take a few moments to get informed?
Some common symptoms of stroke in children include:
If you, as a parent, are committed to combating high blood pressure, you will likely decrease your child’s risk of suffering stroke as well. In addition to encouraging physical activities, healthy eating and providing a healthy environment, don’t neglect the doctor. Schedule regular check-ups for your child to make sure that everything is alright.
Each year in the United States, more than 44,000 people take their own lives . That’s an average of 121 suicides per day. It’s estimated that for every one reported, 12 more people engage in self-harm, whether intentional suicide attempts or not.
With rates on a steady incline, it’s past time for action. Each and every one of us needs to have a part in supporting those who struggle with suicidal thoughts. In order to be of any help, though, we need to be able to recognize the signs of a person on the brink. What should you look for and how can you help?
It's estimated that one in five high school athletes will suffer a concussion during sports season. Younger athletes have the highest rate of concussions. While more perceived contact sports like football are thought to be the highest risk for a potential concussion, all sports carry a similar risk and demand similar precaution and treatment. As a parent, your first instinct might be to ban your child from playing sports altogether. But is that really necessary? No. Why do we say this?For one thing, if you encourage your child to play safely and receive training in head injury prevention, you can minimize risk. And if your child does happen to suffer from a concussion, there are steps you can take to ensure that they heal as quickly and as completely as possible.