The first day of life

The first day of life

The first day of life

Tests for newborns

Immediately after birth, your baby will be evaluated using an Apgar score to determine his or her health status. This routine test measures the baby's responsiveness and vital signs. There are five factors: heart rate, breathing, color, activity and muscle tone, and reflex response with grimaces.

The baby is assigned a score of 0 to 2 in each category, and the five numerical results are suman. This total is called the Apgar score. The evaluation is done at 1 minute of life and 5 minutes later. This easy and quick test is mainly applied to see if the baby needs help breathing. A score of 7 to 10 is generally considered normal, and if your baby receives this rating, it is not usually necessary to perform special actions at that time. A lower score means that it may initially be necessary to take some additional steps, such as giving oxygen to the baby.

Your newborn will undergo some other quick procedures, which may include: >

cleaning the nasal passages with a nasal aspirator measuring weight, head circumference and length applying ointment or drops to the eyes to prevent infection < / li>

Medical staff will dry your baby and wrap him in a blanket. All this happens very quickly, and before you know it, your baby will be in your arms for a very special bonding time. After a first attempt to breastfeed it, it is time for a few more procedures, usually after 10 to 30 minutes.

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Other tests will vary from hospital to hospital. A blood test may be done for your newborn to check your blood sugar. If the level is too low or some other problem is discovered, the baby may require immediate medical attention.

In addition, a screening blood test will be performed on your baby before he leaves the hospital for phenylketonuria (PKU), congenital hypothyroidism and other diseases that should be diagnosed early in childhood to ensure successful treatment. A hearing test is recommended for all babies before they leave the hospital, so they can detect any problems as soon as possible.

With a vaginal birth, the average newborn's birth is about 48 hours. With a cesarean delivery, it is approximately 96 hours.