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How to Take a Pulse in Toddlers

author image Jonathan Croswell
Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.
How to Take a Pulse in Toddlers
A doctor taking a little girl's pulse. Photo Credit: Tomwang112/iStock/Getty Images

The ability to take your child's pulse is valuable for any parent. Your child's heart rate can tell you a lot about their health and whether their cardiovascular system is functioning properly. Pediatricians may need you to take your child's pulse if you are relaying a condition over the phone. Although you can use several different points on the body, recommends checking the pulse at the wrist first before trying other locations.

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Step 1

Place both your index and middle fingers against the inside of your toddler's wrist. Feel around until you find your child's pulse. If you can't find the pulse at the wrist, move your fingers against the neck just below the ear and jawbone.

Step 2

Identify the rhythm of the pulse and count the number of beats over the course of 15 seconds.

Step 3

Multiply the number of beats counted by four. The result is the number of heartbeats per minute.

Step 4

Repeat this test to confirm the number recorded the first time around.

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