Pediatric Vital Signs
Blood pressure, body temperature, pulse rate, and respiratory rate are the routine vital signs measured in medicine. These vital signs remain relatively constant throughout our adult life.
As infants and children grow and age, their normal values for vital signs change. Body temperature does not change with age, and normal body temperature is considered 98.6 F (37 C).
Two tables of normal vital signs for the pediatric population are presented below. Heart rates may be slightly slower when asleep.
Table 1: Heart Rate at Various Ages
Lower limits of systolic pressure†
Vital Signs at Various Ages
Table 2: Vital Signs at Various Ages
* From Dieckmann R, Brownstein D, Gausche-Hill M (eds): Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals. Sudbury, Mass, Jones & Bartlett, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2000, pp 43-45.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/17/2015
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