Blood Pressure In Children

May Michael, [Footnote: Michael, May: A Study of Blood Pressure in

Normal Children, Am. Jour. Dis. Child., April, 1911, p. 272.] after

a study of the blood pressure in 350 children, came to the

conclusion that the blood pressure in children increases with age

principally because of the increase in height and weight, as she

found that children of the same age but of different weights and

heights had different blood pressures. Sex in children makes no

difference in the blood pressure, it being determined by the height

and weight.

Judson and Nicholson [Footnote: Judson, C. F., and Nicholson,

Percival: Blood Pressure in Normal Children, Am. Jour. Dis. Child.,

October, 1914, p. 257.] made 2,300 observations in children of from

3 to 15 years of age, and found there was a gradual increase in the

systolic blood pressure from 3 to 10 years, and a more rapid rise

from 10 to 14, with a rapid elevation during the fourteenth year, or

the age of puberty. The systolic pressure varied from 91 mm. in the

fourth year to 105.5 in the fourteenth year, while the diastolic

pressure remained almost at a uniform level. The pressure pulse,

therefore, increased progressively with the increase of the systolic


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