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Last Updated October 2013
 

Paediatric Vital Signs

The table below indicates appropriate ranges for paediatric vital signs / paediatric observations

 

Age (years) Heart rate
(per minute)
Respiratory rate
(per minute)
Blood pressure
(systolic)
< 1 110 - 160 30 - 40 79 - 90
1 - 2 100 - 150 25 - 35 80 - 95
2 - 5 90 - 140 25 - 30 80 - 100
5 - 12 80 - 120 20 - 25 90 - 110
> 12 60 - 100 15 - 20 100 - 120
 

 

For more guidance, please see the NICE Guideline CG160 - Feverish Illness in Children

The NICE clinical guideline CG160 updates and replaces NICE clinical guideline 47 ‘Feverish illness in children’ (published May 2007). It offers evidence-based advice on the care of young children with feverish illness. New and updated recommendations have been included in areas relating to assessment and initial management in children younger than 5 years with no obvious cause of feverish illness.

 

 
     
   
   
   
 

 

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