Unlike adult vital signs, the exact reference ranges for paediatrics are not universally agreed upon and there is some variation between sources. The table below is an approximation based on several sources, most closely approximated to those recommended by The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne.

Age
Heart rate (bpm)
Respiratory rate (/min)
Systolic blood pressure (mmHg)
Under 3 months
110-170
25-60
60-105
3-6 months
105-165
25-55
65-115
6-12 months
85-150
20-40
70-120
1-2 years
85-150
20-40
70-120
2-5 years
85-150
20-40
70-120
5-12 years
70-135
16-34
80-130
Over 12 years
60-100*
14-25

95-140

*Note – some sources report HR up to 120 as within the normal range for individuals under 17

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