Healthy Baby

A healthy baby should have normal colour for his/her ethnicity, maintain a stable body temperature, pass urine and open his/her bowels at regular intervals. A healthy baby initiates feeds, sucks well on the breast (or bottle) and settles between feeds. A healthy baby is not excessively irritable or tense and is not excessively sleepy or floppy. The vital signs of a healthy baby should fall within the following ranges:

  • Respiratory rate normally 30–60 breaths per minute
  • Pulse rate, normally between 100–160 in a newborn
  • Body temperature in a normal room environment of around 37 degrees Centigrade (if measured)