How to Measure a Blood Pressure in Children
Accurate measurement of blood pressure in children can be a challenge. An incorrect size of the blood pressure cuff or taking a blood pressure when the child is stressed can give inaccurate readings. In order to obtain the best measurements possible, your pediatric nephrology team asks that all blood pressures be measured in a standardized manner.
- The child should be seated with his/her back supported and feet on the floor.
- He/she should be resting for at least five minutes before the blood pressure is taken
- The right arm is the preferred place to take a blood pressure. If the right arm in injured, the left arm may be used.
- Place the proper size blood pressure cuff on the upper portion of the right arm. Your nephrologist will help you in selecting the proper size cuff for your child.
- The arm should be supported straight out from the body.
- If you are using an automatic blood pressure cuff, record the reading after the cycle is completed.
- If you are using a manual blood pressure cuff, the first sound you hear is the systolic (top) number, the last sound you hear is the diastolic (bottom) number. Record both of these numbers.
- Keep a record of the date and time you have taken the blood pressure and bring the recordings with you to your visit. Readings can also be faxed to the office at 570-271-6002 or you can send them to your provider via MyGeisinger.