Heartbeats of Babies

Heartbeats of Babies


Children can have a pulse between 43 and 180 beats per minute.


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Many parents know that their pulse or heart rate should be within about 60 to 100 beats per minute. You may be surprised that your children will typically have a higher pulse rate. Depending on their age, children can have a pulse between 43 and 180 beats per minute. Babies have the highest pulses and the rate slows down as a child grows.

Knowing what a normal pulse rate is and how to check your child's pulse can help you avoid unnecessary worry about your child's heart rate. It can also help you identify a slow or fast pulse when your child is sick and let you know when to seek medical attention.


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