MI hear people talking about the Apgar score that their baby got.
What does it mean?

Your baby will be tested immediately at birth and then 5 minutes later. Simply by noting the baby’s breathing, reflexes, muscle tone, skin colour and heart rate gives a comprehensive rating of the baby’s condition. Generally a baby with a low initial score will get a good score on the second test five minutes later, after the baby has had a chance to adjust to having being born!

Heart rateabsentbelow 100 beats per minabove 100 beats per min
Skin colourbluebody pink, extremities bluepink all over
Muscle tonelimpsome movementsactive movements

The majority of babies score 8 or 9 out of 10 on the initial scoring. This is because it is common to see some blueness in the limbs initially. A baby who has not experienced any oxygen supply problems during the labour and birth will score over 8/10. A score of below 7 may imply some intervention is required, like oxygen for a short time. Below 3 indicates a sever lack of oxygen and swift action is called for.

A – Skin colour
P – Heart rate
G – Reflex irritability
A – Muscle tone
R – Breathing +27 (0)81 885 4683

*Important : The information provided is for information purposes only. No medical diagnosis or prescription can be inferred or is implied. Please consult your doctor for medical advice.

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