APGAR Scale Test
0 - Baby is limp, no detectable movement
1 - Baby displays some flexing of arms and legs
2 - Baby moves vigorously
0 - Baby is not breathing
1 - Baby cries weakly, may sound like whimpering, with slow or irregular breathing
2 - Baby cries strongly, with a normal rate and effort of breathing
Even if your baby has a low score at one minute doesn't mean that he or she won't be perfectly healthy eventually. Many babies who are delivered via c-section, a difficult labor and delivery, or who are premature have lower-than-normal initial scores, but recover fully.
The APGAR test is an invaluable part of your baby's first moments and can ensure that he or she receives critical medical attention in the event of a low score.
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