Apgar scores are measurements and observations made by a health
professional at 1 and 5 minutes after birth to assess a newborn's
The health professional checks 5 areas and gives the newborn a
score ranging from 0 to 2 in each of the 5 areas. With 2 being the highest
number a baby can get in each area, when the scores are added up, the maximum
score is 10. A total score of 7 to 10 is normal.
The 5 areas checked include the newborn's:
Muscle tone (judged by whether the newborn's arms and legs
are flexed or limp).
(judged by whether the newborn cries or reacts when the skin is stroked or
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
The Health Encyclopedia contains general health information. Not all treatments or services described are covered benefits for Kaiser Permanente members or offered as services by Kaiser Permanente. For a list of covered benefits, please refer to your Evidence of Coverage or Summary Plan Description. For recommended treatments, please consult with your health care provider.