Congenital Heart Disease Awareness

IMG_0398 copy.jpgBe all heart for CHD(Congenital Heart Disease)

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Congenital heart disease  is an abnormality in your heart’s structure that you’re born with. Although congenital heart disease is often considered a childhood condition, advances in surgical treatment mean most babies who once died of congenital heart disease survive well into adulthood.unnam1ed

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27 babies will be born with a heart defect only 11 will be diagnosed. We all need to know what signs and symptoms to look out for in babies.

  • Heart Rate – This can be high or low the normal heart rate should be 100 to 160BPM
  • Energy – Sleepy? Is your baby falling asleep during feeds.
  • Appearance – Does your baby have pale,blue or dusty skin colour.
  • Respiration – Is your baby breathing to fast or to slow.Normal breathing is 40-60 breaths per min.
  • Temperature – Is your baby cold to touch especially the hands and feet.IMG_0397 copy.jpg

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Five questions you should ask during pregnancy:

  • Does my babies heart have four chambers?
  • Are there two upper chambers with valves controlling the blood flow to the heart.
  • Are there two lower chambers with valves controlling  the blood flow out of the heart,to the lungs and to the rest of the body.
  • Do the two valves and vessels exit the heart in a crossing fashion.
  • Are the walls between the heart chambers in tact.

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How you Can help:

Visit   http://heartkids.co.za

You can donate money or get in contact with them regarding creating awareness.

I challenge every one to do their part in creating awareness for CHD it effects everyone. CHD doesnt know colour,race,wealth or nationality.

All my Love

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