Newborn Vital Signs

Body temperature, respirations, and pulse rate are frequently monitored in newborns. The results are compared to those taken after birth. Unless a medical condition warrants it, blood pressure is not taken in newborns.

Fast Facts:

  • A normal body temperature for a newborn is 97.9 degrees to 99.7 degrees.
  • A normal pulse rate is 120 to 160 beats per minute.
  • Normal respiration is 30 to 60 breaths per minute.