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Assessments for Newborn Babies

High-Risk Newborns - Assessments for Newborn Babies

Assessments for newborn babies

Each newborn baby is carefully checked at birth for signs of problems or complications. A complete physical assessment will be performed that includes every body system. Throughout the hospital stay, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers continually assess a baby for changes in health and for signs of problems or illness. Assessment may include:

SignScore = 0Score = 1Score = 2
Heart Rate Absent Below 100 per minute Above 100 per minute
Respiratory Effort Absent Weak, irregular, or gasping Good, crying
Muscle Tone Flaccid Some flexion of arms and legs Well flexed, or active movements of extremities
Reflex/Irritability No response Grimace or weak cry Good cry
Color Blue all over, or pale Body pink, hands and feet blue Pink all over

Converting grams to pounds and ounces:

1 lb. = 453.59237 grams; 1 oz. = 28.349523 grams; 1000 grams = 1 Kg.

Pounds
Ounces23456789
0 907 1361 1814 2268 2722 3175 3629 4082
1 936 1389 1843 2296 2750 3203 3657 4111
2 964 1417 1871 2325 2778 3232 3685 4139
3 992 1446 1899 2353 2807 3260 3714 4167
4 1021 1474 1928 2381 2835 3289 3742 4196
5 1049 1503 1956 2410 2863 3317 3770 4224
6 1077 1531 1984 2438 2892 3345 3799 4252
7 1106 1559 2013 2466 2920 3374 3827 4281
8 1134 1588 2041 2495 2948 3402 3856 4309
9 1162 1616 2070 2523 2977 3430 3884 4337
10 1191 1644 2098 2551 3005 3459 3912 4366
11 1219 1673 2126 2580 3033 3487 3941 4394
12 1247 1701 2155 2608 3062 3515 3969 4423
13 1276 1729 2183 2637 3090 3544 3997 4451
14 1304 1758 2211 2665 3118 3572 4026 4479
15 1332 1786 2240 2693 3147 3600 4054 4508

When the physical assessment score and the neuromuscular score are added together, the gestational age can be estimated. Scores range from very low for immature babies (less than 26 to 28 weeks) to very high scores for mature and postmature babies.

All of these examinations are important ways to learn about your baby's well-being at birth. By identifying any problems, your baby's physician can plan the best possible care.

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