It is generally believed that hypertension or high blood pressure only happens to the elderly, but in fact, children may also suffer from hypertension. Here are four ways to help children prevent hypertension.

Weight Control for Children

Obesity is the fastest shortcut to hypertension. Obesity increases blood pressure, which in the long term will lead to hypertension. So, when you find out that your child’s weight is out of control, you can seek help from a weight loss clinic or weight loss program.

Outdoor Sports

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Children in this day and age are busy with their homework. In addition to school hours, their lives are filled with extra-curricular activities, so every time they are free, they choose entertainment to relieve stress. However, many children today prefer to do activities at home, which is likely to play computer games, reading comics, and watching TV all day instead of going out. Although playing with their gadgets also has a lot of benefits, excessive usgae will cause insufficient exercise, so parents are advised to accompany their children personally to go for outdoor activities. Exercise not only helps children stay healthy, but also helps relieve stress and reduce the risk of high blood pressure.

Reduce Salt Intake

Excessive salt intake is the direct cause of hypertension. Each child needs only 1200 mg (mg) of salt per day. If above this standard, children are prone not only to hypertension, but also to kidney and cardiovascular problems. So, how do we reduce salt intake?

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Choose natural foods instead of processed foods, eat less fast foods such as burgers, chips, French fries and roasted chicken, as well as high-sodium foods such as commercially available snacks. Using fresh and clean ingredients effectively reduces the amount of salt when cooking. Read the label carefully before buying food and choose foods with low sodium content.
It is recommended to choose a light diet, consult a dietitian how to arrange the dishes.

Healthy Lifestyle

Healthy lifestyles prevent hypertension, please avoid the following:

  • In addition to the above low salt intake, avoid high cholesterol foods such as grilled and fried greasy meat.
  • Avoid being emotionally stressed, because anger puts blood vessels under a lot of pressure, which in the long-term cause hypertension.
  • Regular measurement of blood pressure, especially in children with headache, dizziness, vomiting, hyperhidrosis, amblyopia and convulsions.

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