Children who have high blood pressure are likely to continue to have high blood pressure as adults unless they begin treatment.

A common complication associated with high blood pressure in children is sleep apnea, a condition in which your child may snore or have abnormal breathing when he or she sleeps. Pay attention to breathing problems your child may have while sleeping. Children who have sleep-disordered breathing, such as sleep apnea, often have problems with high blood pressure — particularly children who are overweight.

If, as often happens, your child's high blood pressure persists into adulthood, your child could be at risk of:

  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Kidney disease
Dec. 18, 2012