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.
100 to 160 beats per minute (bpm)
70 to 120 bpm
60 to 100 bpm
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 bpmfootnote 2
Blood pressure (systolic/diastolic)footnote 2
65 to 90/45 to 65 millimetres of mercury (mm Hg)
80 to 100/55 to 65 mm Hg
90 to 110/55 to 75 mm Hg
110 to 135/65 to 85 mm Hg
36.6 C to 38 C (97.9 F to 100.4 F)
35.8 C to 38 C (96.4 F to 100.4 F)
35.5 C to 37.5 C (95.9 F to 99.5 F)
34.7 C to 37.3 C (94.5 F to 99.1 F)
Learn more about how to take your child's temperature, take a pulse, measure blood pressure, and count breaths with these topics:
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Leduc D, et al. (2000, reaffirmed 2013). Temperature measurement in paediatrics. Canadian Paediatric Society Position Statement. Available online: http://www.cps.ca/en/documents/position/temperature-measurement.
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 StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - PediatricsThomas M. Bailey, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerDavid Messenger, MD
Current as ofMarch 20, 2017
Current as of: March 20, 2017
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
& Thomas M. Bailey, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & David Messenger, MD
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