Apgar scoreAApgar scoreApgar scoreEnglishNeonatologyNewborn (0-28 days)BodyNATestsAdult (19+)NA2009-10-18T04:00:00ZDouglas Campbell, MD, FRCPCHosanna Au, MD, FRCPC11.000000000000052.0000000000000449.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Read about the Apgar score, which assesses a newborn baby's well-being using five factors: heart rate, breathing, muscle tone, reflexes and skin colour.</p><p>Your newborn baby will go through a number of assessments when they are first born, to make sure that they are in good health. Their first assessments, called the Apgar score, occur when they are just one minute and five minutes old.</p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>The Apgar score is a scoring system that assesses newborn babies’ well-being using five different factors: heart rate, breathing, muscle tone, reflexes, and skin colour.</li> <li>The newborn baby is given a score between 0 and 2 for each factor, and the highest possible score is 10.</li> <li>Initially low Apgar scores do not tell the whole story since, at birth, many rapid changes are taking place which need only a few minutes or hours to resolve themselves.</li></ul>
Indice d’ApgarIIndice d’ApgarApgar scoreFrenchNeonatologyNewborn (0-28 days)BodyNATestsAdult (19+)NA2009-10-18T04:00:00ZDouglas Campbell, MD, FRCPCHosanna Au, MD, FRCPC11.000000000000052.0000000000000449.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Apprenez-en davantage sur l’indice d’Apgar qui permet d'évaluer le bien-être de votre nouveau-né à l'aide de cinq facteurs : la fréquence cardiaque, la respiration, le tonus musculaire, les réflexes et la couleur de la peau.</p><p>Votre nouveau-né subira de nombreuses évaluations à la naissance afin de s'assurer qu'il est en bonne santé. Ses premières évaluations, en fonction de « l’indice d’Apgar », sont réalisées à une minute et à cinq minutes après la naissance.</p><h2>À retenir</h2> <ul><li>L’indice d’Apgar est un système de points qui évalue le bien-être des bébés selon cinq facteurs différents : le rythme cardiaque, la respiration, le tonus musculaire, les réflexes et la couleur de la peau.</li> <li>Un nouveau-né obtient généralement une note entre 0 et 2 pour chacun des facteurs et la cote la plus élevée est 10.</li> <li>Initialement, un faible indice Apgar à la naissance peut augmenter dans les heures subséquentes puisque plusieurs changements rapides prennent place et ne nécessitent que quelques minutes ou quelques heures pour se résoudre.</li></ul>

 

 

Apgar score427.000000000000Apgar scoreApgar scoreAEnglishNeonatologyNewborn (0-28 days)BodyNATestsAdult (19+)NA2009-10-18T04:00:00ZDouglas Campbell, MD, FRCPCHosanna Au, MD, FRCPC11.000000000000052.0000000000000449.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Read about the Apgar score, which assesses a newborn baby's well-being using five factors: heart rate, breathing, muscle tone, reflexes and skin colour.</p><p>Your newborn baby will go through a number of assessments when they are first born, to make sure that they are in good health. Their first assessments, called the Apgar score, occur when they are just one minute and five minutes old.</p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>The Apgar score is a scoring system that assesses newborn babies’ well-being using five different factors: heart rate, breathing, muscle tone, reflexes, and skin colour.</li> <li>The newborn baby is given a score between 0 and 2 for each factor, and the highest possible score is 10.</li> <li>Initially low Apgar scores do not tell the whole story since, at birth, many rapid changes are taking place which need only a few minutes or hours to resolve themselves.</li></ul><p>The Apgar score assessment, developed by anaesthetist Virginia Apgar in 1952, is a scoring system that assesses newborn babies’ well-being using five different factors: heart rate, breathing, muscle tone, reflexes, and skin colour. The newborn baby is given a score between 0 and 2 for each factor, and the highest possible score is 10. Scores are rarely higher than 9 out of 10. Below is a table of what the doctors look for when assessing the Apgar score. </p><table class="akh-table"><thead><tr><th>Factor</th><th>Score 0</th><th>Score 1</th><th>Score 2</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td> <strong>Heart rate</strong></td><td>No heart rate</td><td>Below 100 beats/min</td><td>Above 100 beats/min</td></tr><tr><td> <strong>Breathing</strong></td><td>No breathing</td><td>Slow and irregular</td><td>Good</td></tr><tr><td> <strong>Muscle tone</strong></td><td>Limp and loose</td><td>Some flexing of arms and legs</td><td>Actively moving</td></tr><tr><td> <strong>Reflexes</strong></td><td>No reflex responses</td><td>Grimaces or frowns when reflexes are stimulated</td><td>Vigorously cries when reflexes are stimulated</td></tr><tr><td> <strong>Colour</strong></td><td>Blue and pale</td><td>Body is pink but hands and feet are blue</td><td>Entire body is pink</td></tr></tbody></table><p>The reason the Apgar score is checked at one and five minutes is to give an idea of how well the newborn baby is doing following birth and whether their condition is improving or not. A newborn baby who scores between 4 and 7 needs careful monitoring at regular intervals, and possible treatment. A newborn baby with a score less than 4 would need resuscitation. </p><p>Apgar scores are assessments of the newborn baby at the time of the scoring. They are generally not useful predictors for future problems. Initially low Apgar scores do not tell the whole story. At birth, many rapid changes are taking place which need only a few minutes or hours to resolve themselves. A newborn baby who is having some trouble breathing in the first few minutes of life may only need time to clear their lungs of amniotic fluid and might be breathing normally once this natural process has occurred. </p><p>Chances are that the Apgar score, physical examination, and other tests will show that your newborn baby is in good health. However, if these tests show that there is a medical problem, they may need to be transferred to a special nursery where a paediatrician will look after your baby. If the problem is more serious, your newborn baby might be transferred to a hospital with a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with paediatricians called neonatologists who specialize in the care of newborn babies. They will take care of your newborn baby and do the best they can to improve their health. </p>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/apgar_score.jpgApgar score

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