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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
- An Apgar score is a quick way for caregivers to see how your baby is doing after he is born. Your baby is checked at 1 minute and again at 5 minutes after birth. He is checked for A ppearance (skin color), P ulse (heart rate), G rimace (reflexes), A ctivity (muscle tone), and R espirations (breathing). Each part of the test is given a number from a low score of 0 to a normal score of 2. The Apgar score is the total of these numbers.
- Caregivers use the score to help direct them in caring for your baby. Babies with a score of 7 to 10 at 5 minutes are usually given routine newborn care. The lower the score under 7 the greater the chance that your baby is in "distress" or having problems after birth. Babies with a score less than 4 or 5 have a greater chance of having serious problems. Babies born before the due date or at a high altitude may have a lower Apgar score. The Apgar score can not tell you how well your child will grow and develop.
- 0 - Pale or blue.
- 1 - Body pink, extremities blue.
- 2 - All pink.
- 0 - Not detectable.
- 1 - Below 100.
- 2 - Over 100.
- 0 - No response to stimulation.
- 1 - Grimace.
- 2 - Lusty cry, cough, or sneeze.
- 0 - No or weak activity.
- 1 - Some movement of arms and legs.
- 2 - A lot of activity.
- 0 - None.
- 1 - Slow, irregular.
- 2 - Strong cry.
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