Jim Fitzpatrick MP is calling on parents across Poplar and Limehouse to check for warning signs of possible heart problems in babies and follow life-saving guidance issued by the UK’s leading children’s heart charity.
The Poplar and Limehouse MP is supporting ‘Think HEART’, a campaign by the Children’s Heart Federation to increase the early diagnosis of children’s heart conditions, encouraging others who support the campaign to make their support known by using the hashtag #ThinkHeart.
Think HEART provides parents with five easy signs to help to spot a heart problem:
H – Heart Rate (Is their heart rate too fast or too slow. Normal rate is between 100 to 160 beats per minute)
E – Energy (Are they sleepy, quiet and too tired to feed)
A – Appearance (Is your baby a pale, waxy, dusky, blue or grey colour)
R – Respiration (Are they breathing too fast or too slow. Normal rate is between 40 to 60 breaths per minute)
T – Temperature (Are they cold to touch – particularly their hands and feet)
Jim Fitzpatrick MP is also backing the Children’s Heart Federation’s campaign for all babies to be tested for heart conditions at birth to help save lives. Pulse Oximetry is a quick, painless and cheap test that measures oxygen levels in blood and detects over 75% of life threatening heart defects at birth.
Jim Fitzpatrick MP says: “Every year, around 5,000 babies are born with Congenital Heart Disease, however only a third are detected before birth meaning that babies with harmful but treatable conditions are discharged from hospital without being diagnosed. Delays in diagnosis can cause distress, physical harm and even be life-risking for these babies.
“I urge parents across Poplar and Limehouse to look out for the five Think HEART signs to help identify a possible heart condition early.
“Testing all babies at birth for heart conditions is an excellent campaign from the Children’s Heart Federation”.
Anne Keatley-Clarke, Chief Executive of CHF says: “We are grateful for Jim Fitzpatrick MP’s support for our Think HEART campaign. We hope their encouragement alert’s parents to the importance of checking their children’s heart condition and it gives them the confidence to raise the issue with their doctor or health professional.”
To get involved with the Think HEART campaign visit www.chfed.org.uk/thinkheart