Jean Enersen of King 5 News had an important story on Saturday, March 29, 2008 regarding high blood pressure in children. In this story Jean Enersen says that “A growing number of kids may be at risk for high blood pressure, but the warning signs are sometimes difficult to spot.”

High blood pressure, or hypertension, can make the heart pump harder, putting a strain on the arteries. Seattle Children’s Hospital Clinic director Dr. Joseph Flynn says hypertension may have no warning signs.

Some children may have symptoms,” Flynn said. “But most of the children that we see are completely without any awareness of it at all.”

Family history plays a role. But the number of kids with childhood obesity is putting many more in harm’s way. New research shows snacks like chips and soft drinks are big culprits.

The high salt drives intake of these sugary beverages, and that leads to obesity. And so that becomes sort of a vicious cycle,” Flynn said.

If left untreated, hypertension can eventually lead to stroke, kidney failure, and heart attacks.

Government guidelines now recommend all children over three have their blood pressure checked at every doctor visit.

Still one study of children with high blood pressure found nearly three fourths of those kids had not been diagnosed at their three most recent doctor visits.

“It’s important to detect that and treat the hypertension, because then you can reverse the changes to the heart,” Flynn said.

One child with hypertension says that he now snacks on onions, mushrooms, green beans, and broccoli.

So how can you get your children to change their eating habits and eat broccoli instead of onions? Hypnosis – that is how! Children are naturals when it comes to self hypnosis – think of the stories they create when they are playing – that is what hypnotherapy is – creating new stories. Children easily learn self hypnosis and not only can they use it for eating and exercise, but they discover it helps them get better grades in school and it helps them in sports.

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Your Hypnosis Health Info Hypnotic Suggestion for today:

I only provide healthy meals and healthy snacks for my family.