What Does A Low APGAR Score Mean?

An APGAR score is, essentially, medical shorthand for how a baby appears immediately after exiting the womb.  Generally, a high score (7 to 10) is a sign of a healthy baby and a low score (before 7) is a sign of a baby that could have suffered an injury during labor and delivery.  Most babies born with low APGAR scores have normal scores at 5 and 10 minutes of life, and have no disabilities.  This is sometimes referred to as a "pit-stop."  Some babies are not so fortunate. 

According to a recent study, babies born with an APGAR of 3 or less are 100 times more likely to be diagnosed with cerebral palsy by age five than babies born with an APGAR of 10.

At Bottar Leone, PLLC, our team of Syracuse New York birth injury lawyers understand the potential connection between a low APGAR score and a preventable birth injury.  If you have questions about your labor and delivery, contact us at 1-800-336-5297 or by e-mail at info@bottarleone.com.