Apgar Score – Baby’s Vitality Exam

As soon as the baby is born he receives a note for his physical condition. This note is important to know if you have a problem to be investigated and the need for some oxygen treatment or other procedure that needs to be done. The note is called the apgar score and occurs in 2 phases after the baby is born, in the first minute and in the fifth minute of the baby’s life.

When it is done

The apgar score is done right after birth by the pediatrician in the delivery room. Do you know those moments when he is alone or even evaluating the baby with his mother in humanized births ? There it is possible to know if there is something wrong, especially about the baby’s breathing, in fact, the apgar score verifies exactly the baby’s respiratory activity, but in the apgar score exam they are also evaluated:

What is Rated on Baby Apgar

  • Skin coloring
  • Breathing form
  • Baby’s reflexes
  • A musculatura
  • Heart rate

The grades of each evaluation topic are worth 0 to 2, and are added together giving the values ​​that we normally see babies assessed by the apgar score then earn, grades like 10/10 9/10 or 7/8 refer to the sum of these requirements assessed the first note is given in the first minute and the second note is given in the fifth minute of the baby’s life.

Apgar Video

The pediatric doctor as soon as he picks up the baby to clean begins to assess the rate of apgar then he tests the baby’s reflexes , if the baby is afraid of falling and is trying to hold it up by raising his hands, touch irritability testing is also an aspect. If, when touched on the belly, he contracts or responds with crying, or is irritated by the suction of liquids, the baby’s famous aspiration, everything is ok and can take a higher note in this case, 2.

In fact, the apgar test also investigates the baby’s asphyxiation, breathing is assessed through the stethoscope and influences the skin color in another aspect. If the baby is well oxygenated, it has pink skin, if poorly oxygenated it has purple skin it needs oxygen help at that moment.

The choking can be evaluated between mild, moderate and severe than is the case they get from 0 to 1. Although surprised, the test apgar usually take effect only at the time of birth and in no way interferes in the future unless the baby has notes low between 5 and 0.

Apgar test notes

The final grades, that is, the sum in the apgar test, are usually the most taken into account. They can show that:

Apgar between 8 and 10> The baby breathes alone and is in good physical condition
Apgar between 7 and 5> The baby needs help breathing, whether with massage and oxygen only
Apgar between 5 and 0> The baby needs more medical care and supervision constant

Usually the first note right after the baby is born is the lowest , the fifth minute tends to be better and you can find out about your baby’s apgar score even before leaving the delivery room. The pediatric doctor will certainly inform the mother about the baby’s notes and the need for some assistance to the newborn.

Delivery Type and Apgar Score

In the maternity hospital, what little is said about the mother is that the apgar score also has to do with the type of delivery the mother has. If it is a delivery with analgesia, anesthesia, for example, the baby tends to be born softer, more lazy . Although the medications are absolutely safe for the delivery purpose, this aspect is very important because it is up to the anesthetist, the correct application for a good apgar of the baby.

Blogger’s Note

My children had different apgar scores, at Joana’s birth where there were some breathing problems, her apgar score was 6 in the first minute and 9 in the fifth. Still, she was hospitalized for respiratory complications.

At birth Dudu was more quiet, but he was born lazy due to the high amount of anesthetic that received in the delivery room, the Apgar score was 8/9 of it. With Melissa, her apgar was the best of the 3, she won 10/10 and cried that she screamed!

Joana scared me a lot, because her cry was weak and she was hospitalized for 10 days with breathing problems, but today she is a beautiful and healthy girl. So don’t be so scared about having a score below 10, 8 or 9, they are great scores too, for the rest, doctors will know how to act at the time of birth.

See also: Different and Interesting Delivery Types

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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.

Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

Dr. Alexis Hart

My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother. Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

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