Apgar score and Chiropractic
An infant was helped by Chiropractic after being born with Transient Tachypnea of Newborns (TTN).
This disorder is a benign, self-limiting respiratory disorder presenting in the first 1-2 hours after delivery, and usually resolves 2-5 days of age. This disorder causes a high respiratory rate exceeding 60 breaths per minute, nasal flaring, grunting, retractions, cyanosis, poor feeding, and a lower Apgar score.
In this article, an infant was born with TTN and a Apgar score of 6 was given after 1 minute of birth, with a respiratory rate of 93 breaths per minute
A chiropractor was on site, and asked to examine the baby, he found a subluxation in the upper cervical spine and adjusted the infant.
After 10 minutes of birth, the infant’s Apgar score was a normal 9 (8-9 is normal), with the respiratory rate at 80 breaths per minute. After 1 hour, the respiratory rate went to 74 breaths per minute. After 12 hours, the respiratory rate was 60 breaths per minute (40-60 is normal), and all other findings were within normal limits.
The authors of this study concluded “The case of a newborn diagnosed with Transient Tachypnea of Newborn is presented. Respiratory rate, Apgar score, and other signs of TTN improved dramatically following an upper cervical adjustment to reduce vertebral subluxation.”
Journal of Pediatric, Maternity, and Family Health
Nov 5, 2012
“Apgar Score Respiratory Rate, Distress and Inability to Cry helped with Chiropractic”