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Old 03-11-2006, 08:38 AM   #1
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Child's heart rate when ill?

Hi...Does anyone know about a child's heart rate when ill? My DD is 7 and is getting over the stomach flu. Last night when she was sleeping (first night after being sick) her heart rate was about 110, fast for her. I know that our hearts can beat faster when we are sick, so hopefully I am worrying about nothing! I have looked online about it but find so many different ranges. Some say less than 130 for children, some say 90. It's bad enough i obsess over my own heart I don't want to worry about her now. And do you know what a normal resting heart rate for a child is? Thank you so much.

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Old 03-11-2006, 10:25 AM   #2
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Re: Child's heart rate when ill?

I wouldn't worry about a thing- sounds perfectly normal for a child coming off a bout with illness. Make sure she gets plenty of fluids though- stomach flu can cause dehydration.

Old 03-12-2006, 02:30 PM   #3
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Re: Child's heart rate when ill?

The normal heart rate for children 1-10 years old is 70-120 beats per minute. If she has a fever it may go even higher. Nothing to be concerned about.

Old 03-12-2006, 08:28 PM   #4
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Re: Child's heart rate when ill?

Increased heart rate when children and adults are sick is very common and normal. Here is a link from the American Heart Association [url][/url]

It states the following "Sinus tachycardia is a normal increase in the heart rate. It occurs with fever, excitement and exercise. No treatment is needed." Figure your body is working really hard to fight off that infection, so the heart is going to be working hard too. Hope that helps, and hope your little one is feeling better.

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