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Normal Vital Signs

Snapshot: This article displays normal ranges for vital signs in adults, newborns, and children of various ages. Note: This information is for reference purposes only; vital signs must always be interpreted in the context of a broader clinical assessment.

Normal Vital Signs: Adult

Blood Pressure (BP) 90/60 – 140/90
Respirations 12 – 20 / minute (Costal/chest moves is normal; expiration is longer than inspiration)
Pulse 60 – 100 beats / minute
Temperature 97.8 – 99.1 degrees Fahrenheit / average 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit

Normal Vital Signs: Newborn

Blood Pressure (BP)  60/40 – 80/50 mmHg 
Respirations 30 – 60 / minute (Diaphragmatic/abdomen moves is normal)
Pulse 120 – 140 beats / minute (increases with crying)
Temperature 97.8 – 99.1 degrees Fahrenheit / average 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit

Normal Vital Signs: 1 – 4 years old

Blood Pressure (BP)  90/60 – 99/65 mmHg 
Respirations 20 – 40 / minute
Pulse 80 – 140 beats / minute
Temperature 97.8 – 99.1 degrees Fahrenheit / average 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit

Normal Vital Signs: 5 – 12 years old

Blood Pressure (BP)  100/56 – 110/60 mmHg
Respirations 15 – 25 / minute
Pulse 70 – 115 beats / minute
Temperature  97.8 – 99.1 degrees Fahrenheit / average 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit