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                  NORMAL RANGES OF VITAL SIGNS
NOTE: This table is only a guide to assist you while you are on your paediatric clinical placement.
To ensure patient safety and effective nursing care is maintained when performing vital signs, you
must:
 assess each infant/child individually
 report the values of the vital signs to your preceptor/staff nurse supervising you
.

                    PULSE RATES                                   RESPIRATION RATES

      Age (years)       Beats/min                          Age (years)           Breaths/min
      Newborn-3         95-205(awake)                      <1                    30-40
      months            140 (average)

      3mths-2yrs        100-180 (awake)                    1-2                   26-34
                        130 (average)

      2-10 yrs          60-140 (awake)                     2-5                   24-30
                        80 (average)

      > 10 yrs          60-100 (awake)                     6-12                  20-24
                        75 (average)

                                                           >12                   12-20
                 BLOOD PRESSURES                                      TEMPERATURES

      Age (years)       Systolic Blood Pressure            Age (years)           Centigrade
      0-1 month         > 60                               <1                    37.5 – 37.7

      1-12 months       80                                 2-5                   37.0 – 37.2

      1-10 yrs          90 + (2 x age in yrs)              5-12                  36.7 – 36.8

      >10 yrs           120                                < 12                  36.6


         Resuscitation Council UK (2008) Paediatric Immediate life support, 1st edition. London: RCUK.




Nov 2010              NURSING PRACTICE DEVELOPMENT UNIT

				
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