Criteria for fast breathing in ARI control program

Respiratory rate is used to assess severity of respiratory infection. A child with fast breathing is considered to have pneumonia as per Acute Respiratory Infection control program. The criteria for fast breathing differs based on the age of the child. This is because younger children have a higher basal rate of breathing.

AgeRespiratory rate
<2 months>60/min
2-12 months>50/min
12 months-5 years>40/min

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