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Your baby's APGAR score and what it means

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The Apgar test is the initial test administered to most babies, and most of them pass with flying colors. This test is done right after the baby is delivered to check if the baby is ready to face the world or if he or she needs some assistance. The doctors can determine whether any issues are using this assessment, and if there are, they can provide prompt comfort to the newborn baby.

Appearance, Pulse, Grimace, Activity, and Respiratory health are all factors that the score considers.

Here is how the Apgar scoring is done

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1 Appearance 

A score of two is given if the infant is pink all over. A score of one is given to a child who has blue extremities but a pink torso. No points are awarded to a child who is pale and blue all over.

2 Pulse 

A healthy child's pulse rate should be equal to or slightly higher than 100 on the Apgar score scale, this will result in a two. If the child's pulse rate is less than 100, he or she receives a one. If the child doesn't have a pulse rate, he doesn't get any points, and medical attention is given right away.

3 Grimace 

The newborn's reflex or reaction when an external stimulus is applied is called a grimace. To see if the newborn kid reacts or cries, the doctor lightly pinches or strikes her.

4 Activity 

The child's activity is evaluated in this section. A score of two is given if the kid displays symptoms of movement such as flailing her arms or kicking. A score of one is given for light movement, and a score of zero is given for no movement.

5 Respiration 

The newborn's respiration is checked, and if the infant cries as soon as he is delivered, indicating that he is breathing and the respiration is normal, a score of two is given. A faint cry or gasp will get you a one, while no breathing will earn you a zero.

What is considered a normal Apgar score?

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1 A infant with an Apgar score of 7 to 10 is in good to outstanding health and requires only normal post-delivery care.

2 A infant with an Apgar score of 4 to 6 is in fair condition and may require resuscitation.

3 A newborn with an Apgar score of less than 4 is in critical condition and requires rapid medical intervention.

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