Lifestyle Changes that Make a Difference:
- Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight makes the child more likely to develop other serious health problems such as diabetes and heart disease and can make existing high blood pressure worse.
- Cut back on table salt and salty snacks.
- Avoid substances that can raise blood pressure such as tobacco, caffeine and certain medications.
- Exercise regularly and appropriately for the child's age and medical condition. Increasing physical activity helps reduce blood pressure.
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