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How can I check my child's heart rate?

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Make sure your child has been seated for at least 5 minutes before you start. Place your first two fingers on the front of his neck or the inside of the wrist, armpit, or elbow crease. You should feel thumps against your fingers. Set a timer for 30 seconds and count the beats. Double that number, and that’s your child’s heart rate.

From: How to Read Your Child’s Vital Signs WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Vital Signs.”

KidsHealth: “How to Take Your Child’s Pulse.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Ages & Stages,” “Signs and Symptoms of Fever,” “Fever,” “How to Take a Child’s Temperature,” “Screening and Treating Kids for High Blood Pressure: AAP Report Explained,” “Clinical Practice Guideline for Screening and Management of High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents.”

American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Emergency Physicians. , Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2004. APLS: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Resource

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Signs of Respiratory Distress in Children.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Fever in Infants and Children,” “High Blood Pressure.”

Mayo Clinic: “High Blood Pressure in Children.”

National High Blood Pressure Education Program: “A Pocket Guide to Blood Pressure Measurement in Children.”

American Heart Association: “Monitoring Your Blood Pressure at Home.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on December 15, 2017

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Vital Signs.”

KidsHealth: “How to Take Your Child’s Pulse.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Ages & Stages,” “Signs and Symptoms of Fever,” “Fever,” “How to Take a Child’s Temperature,” “Screening and Treating Kids for High Blood Pressure: AAP Report Explained,” “Clinical Practice Guideline for Screening and Management of High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents.”

American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Emergency Physicians. , Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2004. APLS: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Resource

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Signs of Respiratory Distress in Children.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Fever in Infants and Children,” “High Blood Pressure.”

Mayo Clinic: “High Blood Pressure in Children.”

National High Blood Pressure Education Program: “A Pocket Guide to Blood Pressure Measurement in Children.”

American Heart Association: “Monitoring Your Blood Pressure at Home.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on December 15, 2017

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