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Babyhood Basics: Apgar Score

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

This video features Preeti Parikh, MD. Dr. Parikh, a board-certified pediatrician affiliated with The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, is HealthiNation's chief medical editor.

Duration: 0:56. Last Updated On: Nov. 8, 2017, 6:14 p.m.
Reviewed by: Preeti Parikh, MD, . Review date: May 18, 2014
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