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What is an agpar score? Do all hopitals do the test at birth and ? minutes after or only if you ask?
I am asking because I have had 2 bubs (different hospitals) and I have been quite alert immediately following their births (so I knew where they were and what was being done to them - at least I thought I did) yet no test or score was ever mentioned to me (by anyone, ever - at either hospital) yet I hear/see many people referring to their bubs agpar score.
Would I find this information in their blue books or would it be on record with their file at the hospital or should I have been told what it was at birth?
I am curious to know why they do and what it means? I suspect that if my girls were checked/tested they were ok because otherwise it would have been mentioned to me - right?
I've found a definition for you:
A Activity (Muscle Tone)
A Appearance (Skin Color)
The baby is given a score from 0 - 2 on each of these and then added to give a score out of 10.
My doc mentioned it to me at the time, but it wasn't in her book. Probably on the paed's files, but it would be pretty irrelevant very quickly.
It should be in the blue book - in the birth section (under the bab'y details section 7th row down).
As far as I know every bubs has it - both mine did.
It's something that is done or should automatically when they are born.
Generally done at 1minute then 5minutes after birth
Yep exactly right, 1 minute and 5 minutes........it's in our yellow health book (WA).
Thanks guys - I have been wondering what it was for a while now and finally bit the bullet and asked the foolish question :eek:
I shall have to go and check their blue books just to satisfy my curiosity!!
Mine wasnt written in my blue book instead it was on my details sheet i was given 3 copies of this. One was then given to the midwife who came to see me at home the second to my local GP who did my 8wk check then the last was for me to keep.
Mind you this still only shows the agpar after 5mins which was a 9 but im pretty sure as bubs was blue etc on arrival that it was a low score for the first who knows.
So if its not in the book maybe you got other paperwork.
I had a caesarean and didn't really know what was going on with my baby...(I couldn't see, and they were kind of lying to me anyway - "She's fine...we're just weighing her"...later I found out from my partner who COULD see, they were ramming all sorts of things down her throat to help her breathe!)
On my hospital bed were my "charts"...which, when I was alone, I'd read to find out what's been going on. I found the APGAR results in there (they were pretty crap results). So, I'm guessing, that your hospital has a record of them under your file. You can probably request them.
my son sletp all night for the first but when i woke him up this morning for a bottle he had a little bit of a temp but wouldnt drink and went back to sleep through out the day same thing i gave him panadol and that got rid of the temp but i still cant get him to drink through out the whole day he has had no more than 200mls he just wants to sleep..
any idea's on what to do?
:confused: - me 19
:rolleyes: little luke 9 weeks
He may be really dehydrated as babies aren't meant to sleep all night without sustenance. For some babies if this happens they are then too low in blood sugar to easily latch on and feed again the next day. You must gently wake him and offer him (I'm assuming it's a bottle) food to build him back up again on a regular basis, say every hour or so if he's still not waking on his own. Check his wee output as he needs many very wet nappies with virtually colourless wee in them every day - that's over a 24 hour period, not only daylight hours. A temp may or may not mean his immune system is working to fight something off and if he is then it's all the more important that you keep him wellhydrated and nourished.
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