Apgar scores are measurements and observations made by a health professional at 1 and 5 minutes after birth to assess a newborn's health.
The health professional checks 5 areas and gives the newborn a score ranging from 0 to 2 in each of the 5 areas. With 2 being the highest number a baby can get in each area, when the scores are added up, the maximum score is 10. A total score of 7 to 10 is normal.
The 5 areas checked include the newborn's:
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