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July 22nd, 2010, 02:37 PM
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I've been reading about the apgar test they do when baby is born. One thing is to check the color of the baby and since my baby is mixed he won't be the "normal" color for a white baby and it may be hard to see if he's got jaundice. I know that for non-white babies they check the eyes for that. So should I say he's mixed? I'm also planning to say "father unknown" even though I do know who he is.
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July 22nd, 2010, 03:52 PM
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The apgar checks for color to indicate oxygen saturation not jaundice. And babies are all born very light skinned and the assessment is the same regardless of ethinicity. Blood tests will show if the baby is becoming jaundiced and required the bili lights.
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July 25th, 2010, 05:32 PM
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I have a biracial baby and that fact does not play into the apgar test so you won't have to say anything I am thinking.
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July 25th, 2010, 09:02 PM
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I read that part of the apgar was for jaundice though and with mixed babies or non-white babies they do check their eyes for it rather then the skin.
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July 25th, 2010, 10:32 PM
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APGAR score is a score of the babies Alertness when born. (Appearance, Pulse, Grimace, Activity, Respiration). My son had an APGAR score of 9.9 when he was born.. 10 being the highest and rarely given.

What Is the Apgar Score?
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July 28th, 2010, 12:40 PM
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I read that part of the apgar was for jaundice though and with mixed babies or non-white babies they do check their eyes for it rather then the skin.
In all honesty they check the palate and eyes of all babies concerning jaundice. Not only that but basic blood tests are done on the baby to check their billi levels. And jaundice usually takes a few days to show, it virtually impossible to see a jaundiced baby at birth.
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July 28th, 2010, 02:09 PM
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APGAR score is a score of the babies Alertness when born. (Appearance, Pulse, Grimace, Activity, Respiration). My son had an APGAR score of 9.9 when he was born.. 10 being the highest and rarely given.

What Is the Apgar Score?
So your bragging that your baby is perfect then? Was he born with that cute little mohwak he's got going on? lol
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July 29th, 2010, 07:34 PM
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I didnt tell anyone that Brighton was biracial when he was born and everything was fine. I dont think you need to.
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July 29th, 2010, 07:42 PM
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I'm quite light so they'll probably know right away if my baby looks anything like his older sister,my FOB's first child is also the same mix as this little one. Also they may notice me (trying to) speaking Spanish to him as well and figure it out! lol
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July 30th, 2010, 06:03 AM
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I agree, you don't need to tell them. My little guy is biracial and they were able to test him just fine. He got a 9.
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