The Apgar Scale

Within minutes after birth the child is assessed by five parameters within the Apgar scale: pulse, respiration, muscle tone, reflex irritability, and color. Five minutes later being re-evaluated. On Apgar scale is scored from 0 to 10: the result of 7 to 10 points is considered a good 4 to 6 is satisfactory. A newborn who scored less than 4 points, is threatening condition and requires emergency care.

What is needed and What estimation on Apgar scale?
What is needed and What estimation on Apgar scaleThe Apgar scale is needed to determine the child’s condition immediately after birth and, if necessary, to provide emergency assistance. A low score is often associated with hypoxic condition (chronic, developed during pregnancy, or acute, appearing in the birth process). In premature babies, as a rule, score Apgar scores lower than those of full-term.

What is the difference between the first and second estimates on Apgar scale?
The child is assessed at the first and fifth minutes of his life, in order to identify the dynamics of change, especially if the first examination score was low: if in the second examination, the child receives a score of two or more points higher than the previous one, it shows positive dynamics. The cases of zero or negative dynamic measures for newborn resuscitation.

Behind Lee in the development of children who were born low score on the Apgar scale?
Modern research has shown that most children born with a low score on the Apgar scale, developed in accordance with the age norms and do not have significant health problems. However, it is usually recommended monitoring pediatric neurologist.

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