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Your Baby's first test will be the Apgar Score

A few seconds after your baby is born, he is given his first medical test knows
as the Apgar Score. The Apgar Score was named after physician Virginia Apgar, MD.
The Apgar Score measures an infant's physical condition. Your baby will actually be given
two Apgar Tests. One will be within a minute after birth, and the second will be given 5
minutes after birth.

A normal score is between 7 and 10. In general, a score below 6 indicates distress.

The five factors evaluated in the Apgar score are:

Strength and regularity of heart rate

100 beats/minute

 2 points

Below 100

 1 point

None

 0 points

Lung maturity

Regular breathing

 2 points

Irregular

 1 point

None

 0 points

Muscle tone and movement

Active

 2 points

Moderate

 1 point

Limp

 0 points

Skin color to determine lung efficiency at oxygenating blood

Pink

 2 points

Bluish extremeties

 1 point

Totally blue

 0 points

Reflex response to irritable stimuli

Crying

 2 points

Whimpering

 1 point

Silence

 0 points