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    Vital Signs in Children

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    What are vital signs?

    Vital signs include heart rate, respiration (breathing rate), blood pressure, and temperature. Knowing the ranges for vital signs for your child can help you notice problems early or relieve concerns you may have about how your child is doing. The table below includes information that can help.

    Normal ranges for vital signs
    Vital Sign Infant Child Pre-Teen/Teen
      0 to 12 months 1 to 11 years 12 and up

    Heart Rate


    100 to 160 beats per minute (bpm)

    70 to 120 bpm

    60 to 100 bpm

    Respiration (breaths)

    0 to 6 months

    30 to 60 breaths per minute (bpm)

    6 to 12 months

    24 to 30 bpm

    1 to 5 years

    20 to 30 (bpm)

    6 to 11 years

    12 to 20 bpm

    12 to 18 bpm footnote 1

    Blood Pressure ( systolic / diastolic ) footnote 1

    0 to 6 months

    65 to 90/45 to 65 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg)

    6 to 12 months

    80 to 100/55 to 65 mm Hg

    90 to 110/55 to 75 mm Hg

    110 to 135/65 to 85 mm Hg


    All ages

    98.6 F

    (normal range is 97.4 F to 99.6 F)

    All ages

    98.6 F

    (normal range is 97.4 F to 99.6 F)

    All ages

    98.6 F

    (normal range is 97.4 F to 99.6 F)

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    1. Harman M, et al. (2011). Pediatric emergency and resuscitation. In RM Kliegman et al., eds., Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 19th ed., p. 280. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier.


    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
    Specialist Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
    David Messenger, MD

    Current as ofMay 27, 2016

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