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4 Your Health: Siblings passing on the flu; a link to high blood pressure and obesity

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Tucson- High blood pressure during pregnancy may increase a child's risk of obesity.

Researchers in China studied over 88,000 expectant mothers and their children. Kids whose moms had high blood pressure during the second trimester were 49 percent more likely to be overweight or obese than their peers.

Even women whose blood pressure was at the high end of the normal range had a higher risk of having an obese child.

Siblings, babies, and the flu

Babies and toddlers with older siblings are at a higher risk of severe flu.

A new British study found babies with older siblings were twice as likely to be admitted to the hospital with the flu. Almost half of these hospitalizations could be connected to older siblings.

Experts say parents can help protect young children by getting all family members, over the age of 6 months, vaccinated.

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