The most likely newborns to be in intensive care in the U.S. in the next year are: A baby born at home, who has a blood pressure level that’s at least 190 mmHg.
That means a baby weighing about 11 pounds (5 kilograms) will need a blood test to see if they’re likely to need hospitalization.
If a newborn is deemed at risk for hypertension, they should get the test and stay in the hospital.
A newborn weighing about 12 pounds (4 kilograms) who has an average blood pressure of 190 mmP is also at risk.
That baby would need to stay in intensive-care until the blood pressure levels are normal again.
If the baby is deemed in good health, they can be released into their mothers’ care.
The baby weighing less than 12 pounds and a newborn weighing less more than 12 ounces is considered in good condition.
If their blood pressure is 130 mmHG or more, they’ll be taken to the hospital for testing.
A baby weighing 12 ounces or less who is diagnosed with hypertension is put on medication to lower their blood sugar.
If that baby is in good heart health, it’s unlikely that they’ll need a hospital stay.
A young child who has high blood pressure or is on medication for it should be kept in the home until the medication wears off, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.