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Child heart guidelines should be updated

16th March 2011

New heart and breathing rate references for children have been produced by scientists from Oxford University.

Writing in The Lancet, the team led by Dr Matthew Thompson, says the existing guidelines need to be updated. The researchers identified 69 studies with heart rate data for some 143,000 healthy children and respiratory rate data for almost 4000 children. Their new reference ranges show decline in respiratory rate from birth to early adolescence, with the steepest fall apparent in infants under 2 years of age.

 

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