19 Month old with High Blood Pressure

Sarah - posted on 07/06/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hi All,
So a little background. My son, Thomas was very ill for a couple of weeks back in February and nobody could tell us what was wrong. Eventually after a lot of pushing from my husband and I, they agreed to do some tests and found there may be a problem with his kidneys. So he has since had a few tests done. Today we went to the consultant to find out the results of the tests (one test still to be done on 3rd Aug). The consultant told us that based on the test results so far, his kidneys were fine and we could actually cancel the next test.
Then they took his blood pressure and the consultant and nurses all looked really worried and concerned. Now, Thomas had fallen asleep in the car and had only just woken up. He was extremely relaxed and calm so i told them this thinking maybe his blood pressure had come back as low. They tried another machine and did it manually and it kept coming back as high. They tried 5 different times with gaps in between. His blood pressure was 116/67.
I asked them what the next step was and what i should do to try and get his blood pressure down and the consultant just said not to worry about it and no follow up needed!
So, out of curiosity i looked on google. A toddler is supposed to be 80/45 ish. A teenager is supposed to be 110/70. So why has my son got a blood pressure of 116/67 - the blood pressure of a teenager, and yet nobody is concerned?? I read on and it stated that this could be due to obesity (Thomas is far from obese), Inactivity (well, he might stay still for about 10 seconds) or kidney/heart problems. Which leaves me wondering whether his kidneys are actually ok or whether they have missed something?!
Anyone else have a child with high blood pressure or any ideas on what i should do?? I want to make an appointment at the GP but don't want to waste time if the consultant is actually right and i shouldn't worry about it??!!

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Pip - posted on 07/07/2010

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My son has Multicystic Displastic Kidney Diease and 1 of the side effects is high blood pressure. I'm not suggesting your son has anything similar to mine as my sons condition was picked up during a routine ultrasound whilst pregnant. However I would get a 2nd opinion on your son because high blood pressure can have something to do with kidneys.

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Sarah - posted on 07/08/2010

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Hi Pip,
Thomas has had the blood tests, wee bags and ultrasounds already. They were going to go a DMSA scan (put radioactive dye in his body and scan to see how the kidneys are functioning) but they cancelled that because they said the ultrasound came back fine.
We'll see what the GP says on Monday x

Pip - posted on 07/08/2010

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So glad to hear... High blood pressure isn't a good thing in a little person. They will probably have to do quite a few tests to work it out. Kai has to have blood tests, wee bags, and ultrasounds reguarly to moniter his kidneys and he has also had an MRI scan. Again, not that your boy is the same but tests on kidneys are extensive. Best of luck

Sarah - posted on 07/08/2010

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Thanks Pip.
I have booked an appt with the GP for Monday to check it again and see what he says about it. The first thing i thought when i read online was that it could be his kidneys and being as they were what the doctors were looking at anyway, i'm not convinced they have checked properly.
Thanks again Pip x

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