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Hypotension in Infants

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is hypotension in infants?

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.

What causes hypotension in infants?

What increases my infant's risk for hypotension?

What are the signs and symptoms of hypotension in infants?

How is hypotension in infants diagnosed?

Your infant's healthcare provider may check and monitor your infant's BP. To check your infant's BP at certain times, a BP cuff is placed on his or her arm or leg. The BP cuff is attached to a machine and will tighten on your infant's arm or leg. The healthcare provider may also insert a catheter into your infant's artery (blood vessel) to monitor his or her BP constantly. Your infant's healthcare provider will also check your infant's heart and how well blood is flowing through his or her body.

What tests may help find the cause of my infant's hypotension?

Many times, hypotension is a symptom of another condition. Your infant may need any of the following tests to find the cause of his or her hypotension:

How is hypotension in infants treated?

Healthcare providers will watch your infant closely for signs of poor organ blood flow. Your infant may need any of the following to treat the cause of hypotension:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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What are the risks of hypotension in infants?

When should I contact my infant's healthcare provider?

When should I seek immediate care or call 911?

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