Taking a Toddler’s Blood Pressure
A 6 page research paper that examines the topic of teaching parents (or caregivers) to monitor a toddler’s blood pressure. Childhood obesity is one of the most crucial public health issues facing the country today and recent studies have shown that not only is pediatric obesity on the rise, but its associated comorbities are increasing as well, such as “hypertension, dyslipidemia, and early-onset type 2 diabetes,” which is generally referred to as “metabolic syndrome” (Hypertension, 2005, p. 908). Furthermore, high blood pressure can be a symptom of “kidney, heart, blood vessel or endocrine disease” (SoRelle, 2006). Considering this situation, it may become advisable for a nurse to teach parents how to monitor their toddler’s blood pressure. Bibliography lists 7 sources.