The AAP is also now recommending that if diet or exercise alone does not help lower cholesterol, then a cholesterol lowering medication usually recommended for adults can be tried in children eight years or older. Please discuss this option with your child's doctor to see if the benefits outweigh the risk of using these medications in your child.
Hopefully tips like these will allow you to get to the heart of the matter when it comes to knowing a little more about whether or not to screen your child for cholesterol.
Lewis First, M.D., is chief of pediatrics at Vermont Children's Hospital at Fletcher Allen and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. You can also catch "First with Kids" weekly on WOKO 98.9 FM and WCAX-TV Channel 3. Visit the First with Kids archives at www.vermontchildrens.org.