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11 year old having low blood pressure. Having headaches and fatigue. Is she having low iron levels?

My 11 years old daughter who is 5 6 and 130 lbs wanted to see what her blood pressure was after I was checking mine as I am on a low sodium diet for recent HBP her blood pressure was 108/52. ISn t that really low? She has also been having headaches and fatigue . Recently had a menstrual cycle. Could her iron be very low?
Asked On : Thu, 21 Jun 2012
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Welcome to HealthcareMagic forum.

Normal blood pressure reading is individualized and is not the same for every individual. The normal reference limit of 120/80mmHg is more a guideline and not a clear cut marker for diagnosing hypertensive or hypotensive.

That being said, the lower blood pressure below 70mmHg is low, but has less significance in the absence of clinical symptoms of hypotension. It becomes significant if your daughter has dizziness, fainting spells or light-headedness. Besides recent blood loss, reduced hydration and other external factors can strongly influence blood pressure recordings.

So do not worry about her blood pressures.

Hemoglobin levels and serum iron levels need to be assessed in view of easy fatigability.

Hope this helps.

Answered: Thu, 21 Jun 2012
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