Did you know that:
As many as 1 in every 125 babies in the UK has a congenital heart defect.
Only one third of major heart defects are spotted during pregnancy, and another third are picked up in standard newborn hospital tests.
National Heart Week is next week.
Tiny Tickers is a small national charity aims to improve the detection, care and treatment of congenital heart disease (CHD) in babies. It provides specialist equipment to healthcare providers but also supports families throughout a diagnosis.
In addition, it aims to raise awareness of the symptoms of infant CHD.
Tiny Tickers sent us this thorough checklist for parents to read and remember:
- Heart rate: too fast or slow? (normally 100 to 160 beats per minute)
- Energy & Feeding: sleepy, quiet, floppy, too tired to feed or falling asleep during feeds?
- Appearance: a pale, waxy, dusky, blue, purple, mottled or grey colour may mean that not enough oxygenated, red blood is getting to the body (normal oxygen saturations are 95-100%)
- Respiration: breathing too fast or slow? (normally 40-60 breaths per minute)
- Temperature: cold to touch – particularly hands and feet?
Please consider visiting their website and donating a £ or two this National Heart Week.
- £100 – Provides specialist on-site training for a Sonographer to be able to detect heart problems during a pregnancy scan
- £500 – Lets them put information about heart conditions in 850 baby clinics and GP surgeries
- £2,500 – Produces a training video into one of the most common forms of heart defect for Sonographers to refer to during scans