Why is my baby's heartbeat so fast?
My doctor put a stethoscope to my tummy at my last visit so I could hear my baby's heart. It was going a mile a minute! I was a little too wrapped up in the moment, so I forgot to ask why it was so fast. Anyone know?
Babies' heart beats are normally faster than adults, differences range from 110 to 150 beats per minute (bpm) or 110 to 160 bpm. To compare and help you further: According to the National Institute of Health, the average resting heart rate for children 10 years and older, and adults (including seniors) is 60 - 100 beats per minute. Well-trained athletes is 40 - 60 beats per minute.
It's completely normal for babies to have fast heartbeats. My little boy had a heart beat of 160 the first time we heard it. The little one's heart beat will also be faster as he moves. It's a good sign that it's heart beat is fast. Plus, according to wives tales, little girls tent to have faster heart beats.
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