A normal resting heart rate for children between the ages of 6 and 15 is typically between 70 and 100 beats per minute. However, what is considered a dangerous heart rate can vary depending on the individual child and other factors such as activity level, overall health, and any underlying medical conditions.
Some signs of a dangerous heart rate in young children include:
- Rapid heartbeat (tachycardia): A heart rate that exceeds the normal range for the child’s age can be a sign of a dangerous heart rate.
- Slow heartbeat (bradycardia): A heart rate that is slower than the normal range can also be a sign of a dangerous heart rate.
- Palpitations: The child may feel like their heart is racing, pounding, or skipping beats.
- Dizziness or fainting: A dangerous heart rate can cause a lack of blood flow to the brain, leading to dizziness or fainting.
- Shortness of breath: The child may experience difficulty breathing or feel like they can’t catch their breath.
- Chest pain: A child may experience chest pain or discomfort if their heart rate is dangerously high or low.
If you notice any of these signs in your child, you should seek medical attention immediately. Your child’s doctor can perform tests to determine the cause of the abnormal heart rate and recommend appropriate treatment.