A low Apgar score at birth has been strongly linked with cerebral palsy in childhood finds a new study from Norway.
Used to assess a baby at birth, the Apgar Score gives a baby a health rating from zero to ten.
Scores of three and below are considered to be critically low, with scores of seven to ten normal.
The research published on the British Medical Journal website, suggests that a low Apgar score was strongly associated with a later diagnosis of cerebral palsy.
Professor Nigel Paneth from Michigan State University, advises that babies with low Apgar scores should be closely observed for signs of brain damage.