How to define hypertension in children?

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Trained health care professionals in the office setting should make a diagnosis of Hypertension in a child or adolescent who has auscultatory confirmed BP readings ≥95th percentile at 3 different visits.

 For children Aged 1-13 yFor children Aged >13 y
Normal BP <90 %ile<120/<80 mm of Hg 
Elevated BP >90 to < 95 %ile 
or 
120/80mm of Hg to <95 %ile
(which ever is lower) 
120/<80 to 129/<80 mm of Hg
Stage 1 HTN > 95 to < 95 %ile+12 mm of Hg 
or
130/80 to 139/89 mm of Hg 
(which ever is lower) 
130/80 to 139/89 mm of Hg
Stage 2 HTN >95 %ile + 12 mm of Hg 
or 
>140/90 mm of Hg 
(which ever is lower) 
>140/90 mm of Hg 
Ref : AAP Guidelines on management of HTN 2017

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