Children can develop primary high blood pressure. However, it is much more common for kids to develop secondary high blood pressure as the result of kidney or heart disease. Primary high blood pressure has been diagnosed in some overweight children and it can also be passed on hereditarily. African American children are more at risk as well. Unfortunately, the cause of primary high blood pressure is unknown regardless of age. The good news is that your child should be able to control their high blood pressure with the right treatment plan and your help.
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Piedmont Heart Institute answered
Although kids can develop primary (cause originating in the heart) high blood pressure, secondary causes such as kidney disease are much more common. Elevated blood pressure in children needs to be worked up by a physician, which includes lab tests and imaging for kidney disease, thyroid lab test and labs to look for rare tumors that can cause high blood pressure in pediatrics.