Duncan has backed a new campaign by the UK’s leading children’s heart charity, the Children’s Heart Federation, which seeks to increase early diagnosis of heart conditions for children.
The Think HEART campaign aims to empower and inform parents, giving them the confidence to raise their concerns about their child with their doctor or a health professional. The Think HEART acronym has five easy to remember steps to identify a possible heart problem:
Heart Rate: Is their heart rate too fast or too slow? Normal rate is between 100 to 160 beats per minute
Energy: Are they sleepy, quiet and too tired to feed?
Appearance: Is your baby a pale, waxy, dusky, blue or grey colour?
Respiration: Are they breathing too fast or too slow? Normal rate is between 40 to 60 breaths per minute
Temperature: Are they cold to touch – particularly their hands and feet?
According to the organisation, heart problems go undiagnosed in far too many children and Think HEART will increase early diagnosis and help to save children’s lives. These conditions affect 5000 children a year, almost 1% of all children, and currently only around a third of them are picked up before birth.
Anne Keatley-Clarke, Director of CHF, said:
“This Children’s Heart Week we are aiming to spread the word about the Think HEART campaign as far and as wide as possible.
“It’s great to receive the support of Duncan Hames MP for our Think HEART campaign.”