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Hypotension In Infants

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Hypotension is low blood pressure (BP) in your infant. Low blood pressure can prevent your infant's organs from getting enough blood and oxygen to work well.

AFTER YOU LEAVE:

Medicines:

  • Steroids: These medicines may be given for a short amount of time to help increase your infant's blood pressure.

  • Give your child's medicine as directed: Call your child's healthcare provider if you think the medicine is not working as expected. Tell him if your child is allergic to any medicine. Keep a current list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs your child takes. Include the amounts, and when, how, and why they are taken. Bring the list or the medicines in their containers to follow-up visits. Carry your child's medicine list with you in case of an emergency. Throw away old medicine lists.

Follow up with your child's primary healthcare provider or specialist as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your child's primary healthcare provider or specialist if:

  • Your infant has a fever.

  • Your infant is sick, vomiting, or having diarrhea.

  • You have questions or concerns about your infant's condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • Your infant has trouble breathing, or he breathes faster than caregivers say he should.

  • Your infant has trouble, or is not able to, breastfeed or drink from a bottle.

  • Your infant urinates very little or not at all.

  • Your infant's arms, hands, legs, or feet feel cold.

  • Your infant's heart beats faster than caregivers say it should.

  • Your infant's skin is pale or mottled (spotted with different colors).

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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