What is the purpose of apgar neonatal assessment?

Testing brain stress. Apgar gives information on the effect, if any, on the physiology of the infant brainstem where automatic breathing controls exist. It is sometimes a forecast of later trouble and i invaribaly ask a mother about the apgar if I am asked to see a child with add/ adhd etc.
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.