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Apgar testing - what it means


HEARTBEAT SCORE

over 100 beats per minute              2

under 100 beats per minute            1

absent                                             0

BREATHING

regular                                            2

Irregular                                          1

Absent                                             0

MOVEMENT

Active                                              2

Some                                               1

Limp                                                0

REFLEXES

Crying or sneezing                          2

Grimacing                                       1

Absent                                             0

SKIN COLOUR

Pink                                                 2

Blue extremities                              1

Blue                                                 0

 

Apgar score is done one minute after your baby's birth and again five minutes later.  It is used to assess five key elements of a newborn baby's health. Babies who score 7 and over are healthy.  Babies scoring 5 to 7 may need minor treatment or time to settle. Babies scoring 4 and under will need immediate treatment.

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