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