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Besides the apgar score, what determines a premature baby if the due date was in question, or if the baby was just small (5.5 lb baby at 35.5 weeks)?

Besides the apgar score, what determines a premature baby if the due date was in question, or if the baby was just small (5.5 lb baby at 35.5 weeks)?

Not sure of ?: Ballard score is used to estimate a babies gestational age at birth (weeks gestation). Apgar not used for this; it is an initial assessment of babies health at time of birth sometimes used to know if particular interventions (resuscitation) are needed and how successful they are. ...Read more

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Dr. Chevies Newman
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Premature (Definition)

Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more


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What is an apgar score? Are they grading babies from birth?

What is an apgar score? Are they grading babies from birth?

APGAR: Virginia apgar was an early researcher in neonatal work & a scoring system was developed using letters in her name to help classify the activity of newborns (&if & how fast drs ought to be helping.) a=appearance; p=pulse rate;g=grimmice, a= activity, r= respiratory effort. It is commonly recorded in a newborn record & filed away. It has little value after the first few minutes.Low scores=bad start. ...Read more

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Potential problems fror a baby who had low apgar score at 5 minutes?

Potential problems fror a baby who had low apgar score at 5 minutes?

What happened next: Long term outcome depends on alot more than 5 min agar score. A full term infant with low 5 min score but normal 10 min score who did well and has no symptoms is unlikely to have long term problems. ...Read more

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What is an apgar score? What is the highest score the baby could have received?

What is an apgar score? What is the highest score the baby could have received?

Help rating: This was a general rating developed and named for Virginia APGAR, an early neonatologist.Appearance (color) Pulse (rate),Grimmice(responce to stimulis) Activity(spontaneous movement Respiratory (effort)Each factor is scored 0/1/2 with 10 as the top score for all 5 together.This is used as a "how much do you need to help" guide.Low score requires the most work to get baby going. ...Read more

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How many areas of a newborn's health are checked in the Apgar score?

How many areas of a newborn's health are checked in the Apgar score?

APGAR: 5 areas: The apgar score stands for: Appearance, Pulse, Grimace, Activity, and Respiration. more details on the apgar score (usually give twice after birth, at 1 and 5 minutes of age) can be found here: http://kidshealth.org/parent/pregnancy_center/q_a/apgar.html ...Read more

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Need expert advice. What innovations arose from virginia apgar's invention of the apgar score?

Need expert advice. What innovations arose from virginia apgar's invention of the apgar score?

Apgar's score: The Apgar's score is a way to evaluate effective resuscitation of newborns, based on it asphyxiated (depressed) neonates are diagnosed for many years and most recently for last few years, it has been used with other tools to identify those who are candidates for hypothermia treatment to prevent further brain injury. ...Read more

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What aspects of health are taken into account when determining a newborn's Apgar score?

APGAR: Apgar score developed to asses newborn in delivery room and transition to life outside mother's uterus It is a subjective tool relays on skin color, heart rate, breathing effort, baby' s reflexes and tone ...Read more

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What is the purpose of the apgar score?

What is the purpose of the apgar score?

APGAR: Virginia apgar was an early researcher in neonatal work & a scoring system was developed using letters in her name to help classify the activity of newborns (&if & how fast drs ought to be helping.) a=appearance; p=pulse rate;g=grimmice, a= activity, r= respiratory effort. It is commonly recorded in a newborn record & filed away. It has little value after the first few minutes.Low scores=bad start. ...Read more

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What is an apgar score at 1 vs 5 minutes?

What is an apgar score at 1 vs 5 minutes?

Agpar score: The apgar score is a number from 0 to 10 to indicate the condition of a baby during the first minutes at birth. It is given at one, 5 and 10 minutes after birth. The higher the number, the healthier and more normal a baby is. Babies with potential problems usually score under 5. The lower the score is, the more aggressive the treatment will be, e.g., initiation of cpr. ...Read more

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What is the 'apgar' score of a person? How do I find mine?

Newborn well being: The apgar score was devised by dr. Virginia apgar to asses the well being of newborns. It is an acronym for (appearance, pulse, grimace, activity, respiration). The apgar score is designed to help identify newborns that need immediate medical care. It is not designed to make long term projections on one's health. So, no real need except curiosity to find yours. ...Read more

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What is the 'apgar' score of a person? I don't think I had one.

APGAR: Virginia apgar was an early researcher in neonatal work & a scoring system was developed using letters in her name to help classify the activity of newborns (&if & how fast drs ought to be helping.) a=appearance; p=pulse rate;g=grimmice, a= activity, r= respiratory effort. It is commonly recorded in a newborn record & filed away. It has little value after the first few minutes.Low scores=bad start. ...Read more

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What is the most important thing on apgar score to be concerned about?

What is the most important thing on apgar score to be concerned about?

Pulse&resp effort: Pulse, resp. Effort, tone, color and reflex irritability the 5 items that are scored. This is a way to measure the baby's ability to adapt to the extrauterine enviornmet. Anything over 7 is good and the 5 min # is most impt. Pulse and respiratory effort are the most impt part of the score. ...Read more

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Doctors are worried about me having a premature baby -- I know a lot of moms who have babies early and their kids are fine?

Doctors are worried about me having a premature baby -- I know a lot of moms who have babies early and their kids are fine?

It's complex: There can be many issues with premature babies . They can have breathing problems associated with immature lungs. They can have feeding and digestion issues due to immaturity of the GI tract. Preemies may have difficulty regulating their temperature, which puts stress on their bodies. They have delicate blood vessels and can have bleeding into the brain. Future developmental issues possible. ...Read more

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How common now is retinopathy of prematurity (rop) in babies?

How common now is retinopathy of prematurity (rop) in babies?

Rare: 0.2 - 0.4% of all babies born in the us. The more premature the baby, the higher the likelihood. ...Read more

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Are premature babies who suffered retinopathy of prematurity have any chance of seeing?

Are premature babies who suffered retinopathy of prematurity have any chance of seeing?

Yes: Babies with retinopathy of prematurity (rop) have a good chance of seeing in societies where advanced medical care exists. About 500 children per year in the us are reported to develop blindness due to rop. Ongoing follow up for babies with rop is important because other vision issues can also occur in these children over time. ...Read more

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Which celebrities babies have retinopathy of prematurity?

Which celebrities babies have retinopathy of prematurity?

Protected info: This is protected health information, to which only the parent's, child and doctors involved should be privy. ...Read more

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Who else has retinopathy of prematurity besides tiny babies?

Who else has retinopathy of prematurity besides tiny babies?

Also iillnesses: Prematurity is a risk factor that can lead to blindness. One important risk factor is birth weight, 1251 grams or less (2 lbs 12 ounces). A landmark study called the early treatment for retinopathy of prematurity, laser decreased incidence of blindness http://www.Nei.Nih.Gov/neitrials/static/study83.Asp the patient will need lifelong eye care for glaucoma, cataracts, strabismus, amblyopia, etc. ...Read more

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Are premature babies who suffered retinopathy of prematurity and went blind ever going to have any chance of seeing?

Are premature babies who suffered retinopathy of prematurity and went blind ever going to have any chance of seeing?

Very Unlikely: Prematurity is a risk factor that can lead to blindness. One important risk factor is birth weight, 1251 grams or less (2 lbs 12 ounces). A landmark study called the early treatment for retinopathy of prematurity, laser decreased incidence of blindness http://www.Nei.Nih.Gov/neitrials/static/study83.Asp the patient will need lifelong eye care for glaucoma, cataracts, strabismus, amblyopia, etc. ...Read more

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Is it common for preemie babies to have low apgar scores? (35wks+ 3 days)? Or can they have a good score even though they were early?

Is it common for preemie babies to have low apgar scores? (35wks+ 3 days)? Or can they have a good score even though they were early?

Premmies: Premature infants can have hi or low apgar scores, depends on the cause of prematurity. Ex if mom's cervix dilates early then the apgar score may be normal. Or if there is a medical condition affecting the fetus, like placenta tear, then the score could be low, in which case the baby needs help to fix the causes (oxygen, or blood, or pressure breathes, etc) with quicker recovery better than slow. ...Read more

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I gave birth on march 19(i lost my baby the same day coz of prematurity).When can I expect to menstruate?I don't have my period till now.

I gave birth on march 19(i lost my baby the same day coz of prematurity).When can I expect to menstruate?I don't have my period till now.

Unknown : The return of menses after a birth, especially a stressful one can be unpredictable ... Would give it 3-9 months to normalize. ...Read more

Apgar (Definition)

The apgar score was devised in 1952 by the eponymous dr. Virginia apgar as a simple and repeatable method to quickly and summarily assess the health of newborn children immediately after birth. Apgar was an anesthesiologist who developed the score in order to ascertain the effects of ...Read more


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Premature Baby (Definition)

Any newborn infant with a gestational age of less 37 weeks- since most pregnancies other than in vitro fertilization cannot determine exact dates of conception, several methods such as early ultrasound, last menstrual period, and the Ballard gestational assessment can ...Read more