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Apgar Score: Measure the Health of a Newborn Baby

Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 12:21 AM

The Apgar Score is a quick method to evaluate the health of a newborn baby right after birth. About five factors are measured in the Apgar Score to assess the health of a baby. All these five factors will be measured on a scale of zero to two. The final values will then be added to give a score from zero to 10 to help doctors assess the overall health of a newborn baby. Apgar stands for appearance, pulse, grimace, activity, and respiration.
 
This test is conducted on a newborn baby in the room of its birth. The results show whether the baby is in good health after birth. An anesthesiologist named Virginia Apgar developed the Apgar Score in 1952. It is now used as an acronym for the five factors.
  • Appearance: This is used to check the skin color of the newborn baby.
  • Pulse: This is to check the heart rate of the baby after birth.
  • Grimace response: The Apgar score here checks the reflex irritability of the newborn baby after birth.
  • Activity: This is used to check the muscle tone of the baby.
  • Respiration: This is used to check the breathing effort and rate of the newborn baby.
The Apgar Score is a test that is conducted to assess whether a newborn baby has any trouble in breathing or with the heart. The health of a newborn should be assessed so well that there is no room for future complications. If the baby’s health requires any treatment, then the doctors can take the right measures to provide the baby with that treatment.

 
Importance of the Apgar Score

The Apgar Score is evaluated on a scale of zero to 10. The results of the five factors describe the health of the baby right after birth. The higher the score, the better the health of the baby. To evaluate whether or not the baby is in good health after birth, a score of seven, eight, or nine is considered normal.
 
It is quite unusual for a newborn to have a score of 10 after birth because most of them are born with blue hands or feet. If the Apgar Score of a newborn after birth is below seven, it means the baby has health problems and needs medical attention.
 
The Apgar Score is very important in the assessment of the health of a baby right after birth. Apgar Score is also known as Newborn Scoring.
 

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The Apgar Score was developed by an anesthesiologist. It is a test that is used to assess the overall health of a newborn baby. The test is measured on a scale of zero to 10. The higher the score, the better the health of the newborn.
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