The APGAR score is something that you probably won’t be familiar with until you give birth.
At that point, it becomes extremely important because your child’s health depends on it.
The APGAR score is a tool used by midwives and doctors to quickly examine a baby after Born.
They do this one and five minutes after birth for all babies.
Babies who need to be resuscitated will also receive scores at 10, 15 and 20 minutes after birth.
Tiny Hearts Education explains: “Each area is scored from 0-2, and the total score is 10.
“A score of 0-3 indicates the baby needs immediate resuscitation. A score of 4-7 indicates an air bubble that needs help adjusting to being on the ground.
“Scores of 7-10 show that at this point, you are doing well and adjusting as hoped.
“It is normal and expected that the 5th minute score will be higher than the 1st minute because the bubble has had time to adapt to the big and bright world.
“In other words, if your foam reaches a nine at minute 1 and a nine at five, this is still normal.”
The letters represent something different to check.
A is appearance, P is pulse, G is grimace, A is activity and R is respiration.
If the child is blue or pale, they will be given a score of 0, if they have a pink chest and face with blue arms and legs, they will be given a score of 1, and if all are pink, they will be given a score of 1. score is 2.
If the child has no heartbeat, the child gets 0, if less than 100 beats per minute it’s 1, and if it’s more than 100 beats per minute, it’s 2.
Wrinkling means how well they respond to stimuli and how well they react.
So 0 means no following response Born1 is a poor reflex and response to stimuli and 2 is a good reflex, preferring to cry.
The way babies move is also important – active – and this is scored as 0 if they are floppy, 1 if the limbs are extended, and 2 if they are actively moving.
If the baby is not breathing it is scored as 0, if the baby is crying weakly or breathing is slow and irregular it is 1 and if the baby is crying loudly and breathing well it is recorded as 2.
While it can be scary to hear your child gets a low grade, it doesn’t necessarily mean that something will go wrong in the long run.
Much of it is just for medical professionals to make sure they’re doing well and if they need help quickly.
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