We’re going to change things up just a little, mainly because I prepared the Newborn topics before the Postpartum Complications… oops. No worries though, next week we’ll complete the Postpartum content. This week we’ll work on the babies.
Care of the Newborn
The Apgar Test is usually given to your baby twice: once at 1 minute after birth, and again at 5 minutes after birth. Rarely, if there are concerns about the baby’s condition and the first two scores are low, the test may be scored for a third time at 10 minutes after birth.
Five factors are used to evaluate the baby’s condition and each factor is scored on a scale of 0 to 2, with 2 being the best score:
- Activity and muscle tone
- Pulse (heart rate)
- Grimace response (medically known as “reflex irritability”)
- Appearance (skin coloration)
- Respiration (breathing rate and effort)
Add these together to get the score.
Scores obtainable are between 10 and 0, with 10 being the highest possible score.
Prevent Abduction –
– All personnel must wear identification that is easily visible at all time.
– Teach parents to only allow hospital staff with correct ID to take their infants.
– Question anyone with newborn near and exit or unusual part of the hospital.
– Never leave infants unattended.
– Teach parent the infant must be observed at all times.
– When infant is in mother’s room, position crib away from doorway.
– Teach parent home safety precautions; such as placing announcements in the paper or a sign in their yard that may alert an abductor that a new baby is in the home.
Fetal Alchohol Syndrome
Thursday we’ll have some study aids / questions and videos related to the Newborn.