If you have ever had a baby, you probably see and APGAR reading in your child’s health checklist. So do you understand what APGAR is?
From the very first day to life, newborns will have an APGAR test. However, don’t expect your baby to have an absolute score. It is your baby’s first test, and it is not predictive of his or her behavior and intelligence.
What is the APGAR index?
The infant’s APGAR index is the first health test that babies take after being given birth to assess their baby’s overall health. This indicator aims to assess the overall health of the newborn at birth.
When to check the APGAR index?
The APGAR test is performed immediately after birth. Test scores are recorded after one and five minutes from birth.
Why we have to check the APGAR?
The APGAR index provides information about your baby’s physical health, helping doctors determine which treatment needs to be done immediately and in the future.
What are the evaluation criteria of the APGAR index?
The APGAR index is assessed through five criteria of skin color, heart rate, stimulating reflexes, movement, and respiration.
Rating APGAR index in newborns
To test your baby, the doctor will measure 4 APGAR and score on a scale of 0 to 2, the ideal total of the five indicators is ten. Healthy babies have an APGAR index above seven on the first try. Children with a low score of four to six need medical assistance such as oxygen-breathing or sputum aspiration. Infants with APGAR scores less than four should be placed in an emergency.
At the 5th minute after birth, a score of seven to ten is standard. If the score is below seven, the baby will have to continue to be monitored and retested every five minutes within 20 minutes. A lower APGAR score than usual does not mean the baby will have long term health problems.
0 – loss of heartbeat
1 – less than 100 beats per minute, which indicates that your baby is not responding quickly.
2- more than 100 beats per minute, which suggests that your baby is healthy.
- – not breathing
- Weak, irregular or panting
- Good, cry loudly
- No movement
- Several flexing movements in the legs and arms
- Fold legs and hands against stretching movements
- Grimace, crying weakly
- Cry or shrink back
- The baby’s whole body is green or pale
- Pale on limbs, ruddy body
- No signs of pale, rosy body
So above is everything you should know about the APGAR scale test. And we hope that the information is enough for you to feel safe and in control of any situation.
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