What Is the Normal Range for Baby's Heartbeat?

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What Is the Normal Range for Baby's Heartbeat?
The heart is a vital organ. (Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

The heart pumps blood to the lungs where blood gets fresh oxygen. The heart then helps deliver the blood throughout the body. During infancy, the heart works at a faster rate than during childhood or adulthood.

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Size

The heart develops at the same pace and size of the fist. Look at a baby's fist; it demonstrates the vital organ's size.

What Is the Normal Range for Baby's Heartbeat?
Your heart is the size of your fist. (John Foxx/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Heart Rate

Heart rate refers to the number of times that a heart beats or pumps blood during one minute.

What Is the Normal Range for Baby's Heartbeat?
Heart rate is beats per minute. (Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Infancy

Babies 0 to 3 months old experience the highest heart rate range (100 to 150 beats per minute). During the next three months of infancy, the heart rate range lowers to 90 to 120 beats per minute. Babies 6 to 12 months typically experience 80 to 120 beats per minute.

Variations

Heart rate fluctuation and variation is normal for infants. Heart rate declines when babies are at rest and increases during play or activity.

Taking Heart Rate

The adult's index finger and middle finger should be placed on the underside of the baby's wrist, underneath her thumb. Once the pulse is found, the heart rate should be taken for 30 seconds and multiplied by two to determine the baby's heart rate.

Considerations

If a baby is experiencing irregular heart beats or if her heart rate is typically outside of the heart rate range, the baby might have a heart condition and should see a doctor.

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