Quick Answer: What Should You Do If Your Child’S Heart Is Beating Fast?

How do you tell if your child has an irregular heartbeat?

What are the symptoms of an arrhythmia in a child?Feeling weak.Feeling tired.Feeling like the heart is fluttering (heart palpitations)Low blood pressure.Feeling dizzy.Fainting (syncope)Not feeding or eating well..

What does a fast heartbeat mean?

Tachycardia heartbeat In tachycardia, an abnormal electrical impulse starting in the upper or lower chambers of the heart causes the heart to beat faster. Tachycardia is the medical term for a heart rate over 100 beats per minute. There are many heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmias) that can cause tachycardia.

Why is my heart beating fast for no reason?

They usually aren’t serious or harmful, though, and often go away on their own. Most of the time, they’re caused by stress and anxiety, or because you’ve had too much caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol. They can also happen when you’re pregnant. In rare cases, palpitations can be a sign of a more serious heart condition.

What is a normal heart rate for a sick child?

age 12–24 months: >150 bpm. age 2–5 years: >140 bpm.

How do you fix a fast beating heart?

If you think you’re having an attack, try these to get your heartbeat back to normal:Breathe deeply. It will help you relax until your palpitations pass.Splash your face with cold water. It stimulates a nerve that controls your heart rate.Don’t panic. Stress and anxiety will make your palpitations worse.

Should I worry about a fast heartbeat?

You should visit your doctor if your heart rate is consistently above 100 beats per minute or below 60 beats per minute (and you’re not an athlete).

When should you go to the hospital for rapid heart rate?

Go to your local emergency room or call 9-1-1 if you have: New chest pain or discomfort that’s severe, unexpected, and comes with shortness of breath, sweating, nausea, or weakness. A fast heart rate (more than 120-150 beats per minute) — especially if you are short of breath. Shortness of breath not relieved by rest.

What is normal heart rate for a child?

Typical normal resting heart rate ranges are: babies (birth to 3 months of age): 100–150 beats per minute. kids 1–3 years old: 70–110 beats per minute. kids by age 12: 55–85 beats per minute.

How do I get my heart back in rhythm?

Cardioversion is a medical procedure that restores a normal heart rhythm in people with certain types of abnormal heartbeats (arrhythmias). Cardioversion is usually done by sending electric shocks to your heart through electrodes placed on your chest. It’s also possible to do cardioversion with medications.

Why is my child’s heart beating so fast?

Sometimes a child’s heart beating fast and causing palpitations may be due to other conditions not directly related to the heart, such as anxiety, fever, too much caffeine or a stimulant medication, exercise, low blood sugar, or anemia.

What to do if a child’s heart is racing?

If your child experiences any of the following along with heart palpitations, you should make an appointment with your GP. If your child appears unwell with this then seek immediate medical help. You should keep a log of when palpitations occur and under what conditions, and talk to your GP about it.