In this video Dr. Preeti Parikh discusses what exactly an Apgar score is, and why it is so important for the health of your newborn.
Every parent has concerns over their child’s health, especially when it comes to newborn babies. Thanks to the Apgar score, parents can have some peace of mind in the delivery room.
An Apgar score is a test administered at both 1 minute and 5 minutes after your child is born. As Dr. Preeti Parikh explains in this video, your baby’s Apgar score informs the doctors on your newborn’s immediate health. It measures 5 things: heart rate, skin color, breathing, reflexes, and muscle tone.
Preeti Parikh, MD serves as the Chief Medical Officer of HealthiNation. She is a board-certified pediatrician practicing at Westside Pediatrics, is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and is an American Academy of Pediatrics spokesperson. She holds degrees from Columbia University and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and has completed post-graduate training at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
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