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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that almost 4 million babies are born in the United States every year. Of the average 11,000 babies born every day across the nation, almost all receive an Apgar test to diagnose the newborns’ vital signs. Designed by Virginia Apgar, doctors use this to help determine how well a baby endured the labor and delivery.
The Apgar test is conducted within the first minute of a baby’s birth and at the five-minute mark. If the newborns display relatively low scores, the test will be conducted again at 10 minutes. The exam helps doctors determine any breathing or heart problems the baby may experience.
The Apgar test looks at five factors to determine whether a newborn is healthy or not. Each category can earn a score up to 2, with the test’s highest score being 10. The average baby usually scores around 7-9. Anything under a 7 is cause for concern.
Doctors look at the following when examining a newborn:
If physicians fail to appropriately detect or address any adverse events during the labor, a newborn can sustain serious injuries. If your baby was injured because of inaction or carelessness, contact our New York birth injury attorneys today.