Taking a Child’s Pulse
A child’s pulse rate may fluctuate and increase with exercise, illness, injury, and emotions. Typically, girls over age 12 and women have faster heart rates than do boys and men. Athletes who do a lot of cardiovascular conditioning may have much slower heart rates.
A child’s pulse is taken in the following steps:
1. The first and second fingertips are pressed firmly but gently on the arteries until a pulse is felt. Typically, the arteries can be felt either in the wrist or throat.
2. The pulse should be counted for 60 seconds (or for 15 seconds, which is then multiplied by four to calculate beats per minute).