Pediatric Vital Signs

Pediatric Vital Sign Normal
Ranges

 

 Age Group

 Respiratory
Rate

Heart Rate

Systolic
Blood Pressure

Weight
in kilos

Weight
in pounds

Newborn 30 – 50 120 – 160 50 – 70 2 – 3 4.5 – 7
Infant (1-12 months) 20 – 30 80 – 140 70 – 100 4 – 10 9 – 22
Toddler (1-3 yrs.) 20 – 30 80 – 130  80 – 110 10 – 14 22 – 31
Preschooler (3-5 yrs.) 20 – 30 80 – 120 80 – 110 14 – 18 31 – 40
School Age (6-12 yrs.) 20 – 30 70 – 110 80 – 120 20 – 42 41 – 92
Adolescent (13+ yrs.) 12 – 20 55 – 105 110 – 120 >50 >110

 

It is important to remember that the patient’s normal range should always be taken into consideration and heart rate, BP & respiratory rate are expected to increase during times of fever or stress.

Respiratory rate on infants should be counted for a full 60 seconds.
In a clinically decompensating child, the blood pressure will be the last to change. Just because your pediatric patient’s BP is normal, don’t assume that your patient is “stable”.

Bradycardia in children is an ominous sign, usually a result of hypoxia.

Act quickly, as this child is extremely critical.