Vital Signs by Ages

Vital signs show essential body functions, including your heartbeat, breathing rate, temperature, and blood pressure. Your healthcare supplier might see, determine, or monitor your vital signs to check your level of physical functioning.

What Are Normal Ranges for Vital Signs

Normal vital signs change with age, sex, weight, exercise ability, and overall health.

Normal vital sign ranges for the average healthy grownup while resting are:

Blood pressure: 90/60 mm/Hg to 120/80 mm/Hg
Breathing: 12 to 18 breaths per minute
Pulse: 60 to 100 beats per minute
Temperature: 97.8°F to 99.1°F (36.5°C to 37.3°C) / typical 98.6°F (37°C).

Heart rate

Table 1. Normal Heart Rate by Age

Approximate Age Range Heart Rate
Newborn 100-160
0-5 months 90-150
6-12 months 80-140
1-3 years 80-130
3-5 years 80-120
6-10 years 70-110
11-14 years 60-105
15-20 years 60-100
Adults 50-80

Respiratory rate

Table 2. Normal Respiratory Rate by Age

Approximate Age Range Respiratory Rate
Newborn 30-50
0-5 months 25-40
6-12 months 20-30
1-3 years 20-30
3-5 years 20-30
6-10 years 15-30
11-14 years 12-20
15-20 years 12-30
Adults 16-20

Blood Pressure

The normal high blood pressure in adults is 120 (systolic) / 80 (diastolic). Normal high blood pressure in children and teenagers varies by age.

Table 3. Normal Blood Pressure by Age in Children and Adolescents

Approximate Age Range Systolic Range Diastolic Range
1-12 months 75-100 50-70
1-4 years 80-110 50-80
3-5 years 80-110 50-80
6-13 years 85-120 55-80
13-18 years 95-140 60-90

Last Update - September 23, 2017

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Reyus Mammadli

As a healthy lifestyle advisor I try to guide individuals in becoming more aware of living well and healthy through a series of proactive and preventive measures, disease prevention steps, recovery after illness or medical procedures. Education: Bachelor Degree of Medical Equipment and Electronics.

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