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Get kids to place index and middle fingers on the inside of other wrist just above the hand. Apply a light downward pressure and wait until they feel the pulse. If they have trouble feeling the pulse this way, check the pulse on the carotid artery along the neck. Find the carotid artery, place your hand downward below the ear and just beneath the jaw. Apply a slight pressure to neck to feel the pulse. (Note: It is always better to check a child's pulse on his wrist rather than his neck, since pressure applied to the carotid artery can reduce the flow of blood to the brain and make the child light headed.) Measure how many beats per minute before and after keep fit activity. A normal heart rate in children 1 through 10 years old is between 70 and 120 beats per minute.


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