Apgar Test – What does it Mean?

What is an Apgar? The Apgar is a test that the majority of babies are given when they are first born. It’s a test that was developed by an anesthesiologist named Virginia Apgar. She discovered that you could record information on a newborn’s condition and responses in the first five minutes of life that they could make decisions and assessments of the care that baby will need.

A score between 7 and 10 is considered excellent and reflects that the baby is in great condition and they will only need regular or routine post-delivery care. There are few problems and considerations that need to be made. The majority of healthy newborns achieve scores in this range.

A score between 4 and 6 is considered to be only in fair condition and the physicians will increase the amount of monitoring and care given to the baby post delivery. It may also mean that resuscitate care is going to be required for this infant. If the baby scores less than 4, there will be immediate measures taken to help the baby maintain life. This is a very poor condition and there was a great deal of concern initially that babies born with a very low Apgar score were going to suffer health and neurological issues for the rest of their life.

Poor oxygen consumption may have contributed to that fear, but with modern medicine and resuscitative measures – babies have a much better opportunity for a longer and healthier life. Most parents are going to want to hear that their baby scored in the 7 to 10 range on the Apgar and they are going to be concerned about their baby’s health if they do not score that high.

Be prepared if they don’t score that high, however and discuss what will need to happen with your ob/gyn and your pediatric specialist. They should be able to answer all of your questions and don’t fall into despair, as I stated earlier, a low Apgar score doesn’t mean your baby will be unhealthy for the rest of their life. It simply means they will need greater care during the immediate time after they are born.

What did your baby score on the Apgar test?

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Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.