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.
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