How do I know if my baby suffered a birth injury?
To find out whether a baby suffered a birth injury, there must be an evaluation of the medical records and information about the events that happened. The condition of the mom and the baby are important details. However, we frequently get questions from parents about the APGAR scoring system and how an APGAR score relates to a birth injury.
An APGAR score is one of the pieces of information to evaluate. If you aren’t sure if your child has suffered a preventable birth injury, the best thing to do is to contact a birth injury attorney for a consultation. An attorney can help investigate your case to find out what happened and whether the injury was preventable.
What is my baby’s APGAR score?
A baby’s APGAR score is a simple test given to a baby after birth.
APGAR is an acronym that stands for Appearance, Pulse, Grimace, Activity, and Respiration. This scoring system is a method of measuring a baby’s vitals and overall health shortly after childbirth.
The test is usually given twice: the first time 1 minute after birth, and a second time, 5 minutes after birth. Generally speaking, a low APGAR score is an indicator that something is wrong with the baby. Resuscitation and or treatment may be necessary for a baby with a low score.
APGAR scores are only part of the information that should be evaluated.
What does my baby’s APGAR score mean?
Understanding the APGAR scoring system: the number of points from each section of APGAR are added together to reach a total number. The maximum possible score is a 10, while the lowest possible score is a 0.
A baby who scores a 7 or above is considered in good health, while a baby who scores under a 7 may require immediate medical care.
If the baby’s score does not improve between the first test at 1 minute after birth and the second test at 5 minutes after birth, the doctors and nurses should continue to monitor the baby and give the baby any necessary medical care. If you aren’t sure if your baby has suffered a birth injury, contact us. We will do a free case review to help you determine whether your child was injured by negligence.
0 Points = Bluish-gray or pale all over
1 Point = Normal color (but hands and feet are bluish)
2 Points = Normal color all over (hands and feet are pink)
0 Points = Absent (no pulse)
1 Point = Pulse below 100 beats per minute (bpm)
2 Points = Pulse over 100 beats per minute (bpm)
0 Points = Absent, no response to stimulation
1 Point = Facial movement only, grimacing with stimulation
2 Points = Pulls away, sneezes, coughs, or cries with stimulation
0 Points = No movement, or “floppy” tone
1 Point = Flexed arms and legs with little movement
2 Points = Active, spontaneous movement
0 Points = Absent, no breathing
1 Point = Slow or irregular breathing, weak crying
2 Points = Normal rate of breathing and effort, good crying
If you have questions or concerns about your baby’s APGAR score, we have birth injury attorneys and nurse consultants available to answer your questions.