Babies and children normally breathe faster than older children and
adults. A child who has a fever or who feels anxious breathes faster than
normal. The table below shows the normal rate of breathing for children.
Normal breathing rates for children
Breaths per minute
Newborn to 6 months
6 to 12 months
1 to 5 years
6 to 12 years
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerDavid Messenger, MD
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