What does the Apgar score evaluate?

What does the Apgar score evaluate?

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One of the most important things that doctors do after a baby is born is to determine if it is ready to survive on its own or if it needs medical attention. This will need to be completed very quickly after the delivery and is something that is assessed within five minutes of the baby being born. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

The Apgar score is used to help determine if medical attention is needed for the baby. With this, doctors will look at five different areas on the baby. They will look at the complexion or appearance of the baby. During this phase, they will check to see the overall color of the baby and check it for pinkness.

Another area that will be assessed is the pulse rate of the baby. A healthy rate will be greater than 100 beats per minute. Reflexes will also be assessed. To do this, the doctors will interact with the baby to determine how they respond to the stimulation.

Along with these areas, the activity and the respiratory effort of the baby will also be assessed. These areas help the doctor to give the baby an overall score as to whether they require medical attention at this time. For babies who do not require attention, they will be ranked between 7 and 10 on this scale.

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Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.