When a newborn cries at delivery, the medical staff can assess if their lungs are healthy. Parents frequently hear doctors compliment a baby's cry, but does this imply that a newborn who doesn't cry is less healthy?
The physics of crying
There are other non-vocal aspects of weeping in addition to the distinctive sound that babies make when they cry. Although crying appears to be a pretty straightforward activity, it actually requires the coordination of a number of intricate parts, including the muscles of the face, the airways, and the respiratory system.
According to a 2005 study, the non-vocal components of crying actually start to develop in the womb. In the study, 10 fetuses were exposed to vibroacoustic stimulation (applying a sound and vibration stimulus to the mother's abdomen), and each one responded with fetal weeping behavior. They displayed breathing patterns that resembled post-womb sobbing, and while still within the womb, they frowned or grimaced. According to the study, the fetus exhibits complete motor skill coordination for the non-vocal component of weeping at 20 weeks gestation.
CRYING SOON AFTER GIVING BIRTH
When a baby is delivered, they are exposed to a new environment and chilly air, which frequently causes them to cry right away. The baby's lungs will grow during this cry, and amniotic fluid and mucus will be released. The infant's first actual cry confirms that the lungs are functioning normally. However, a number of various circumstances, such as a challenging delivery, a nuchal cord, etc., could cause the cry to be postponed.
WHEN TO WORRY
It's possible that a newborn is healthy even if its cry is delayed. If the baby's first cry doesn't come naturally, your doctor may try to induce it by drying the infant out or sucking fluid from their mouth or nose.
A infant should receive rapid medical assistance if a delayed cry is accompanied by other emergency symptoms. The Apgar score is used to gauge these additional aspects of a newborn baby's examination.
The following constitute the Apgar score:
A: Aesthetics (skin color)
Pulse, P (heart rate)
Grimace (reflex irritation or response):
A: Activities (muscle tone)
R - Respiratory (breathing ability)
Each of the five criteria is scored from 0 to 2 (two being the best), and the sum of all five scores gives the final score. At one and five minutes following birth, your doctor will often perform an Apgar test. If the initial score is poor, a further Apgar test may be administered at 10, 15, and 20 minutes.
The severity of the required intervention can be determined by the scores.
A rating of:
Baby in critical condition, ages 0 to 3.
Baby in grades 4-6 probably needs rapid medical attention.
7 to 10 babies should be observed despite being within the usual range.
Although an Apgar score of 7 or more is generally regarded as normal, a recent study revealed that readings between 7 and 9 may still be harmful. Even if a score falls between 7 and 10, it should still be kept an eye on.
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