The Apgar score is a figure for newborns
It is a test consisting of 5 small tests that each get a digit of 0, 1 or 2. The numbers added is the final score. It gives an impression of the overall of a newborn baby. The test is done three times: 1 minute after birth, five minutes after birth and the last is after 10 minutes.
The 5 points that are checked are:
- Skin color (appearance)
- Wrist and heart rate (pulse)
- Reaction to incentives (grimace)
- Muscle tension (activity)
- Respiration (respiration)
Generally, most babies score between 7 and 10 points, when less than 4 is scored, immediate help is required. However, it is only a tool to be able to estimate the situation easily and quickly. The score owes its name to the creator of the test: Virginia Apgar.
Immediately after birth: Apgar score