Annette Brooke, MP for Mid Dorset and North Poole, is supporting the Children’s Heart Federation campaign ‘Think HEART’ which seeks to increase the early diagnosis of children’s heart conditions.
Annette Brooke is advising parents across her constituency to check for warning signs of possible heart problems in babies and follow the five easy signs the ‘Think HEART’ campaign promotes.
These five signs are:
H – Heart Rate - Is their heart rate too fast or too slow? (The normal rate is between 100 to 160 beats per minute)
E – Energy - Are they sleepy, quiet or too tired to feed?
A – Appearance - Are they a pale, waxy, dusky, blue or grey colour?
R – Respiration - Are they breathing too fast or too slow? (The normal rate is between 40 to 60 breaths per minute)
T – Temperature - Are they cold to touch? (Particularly their hands and feet)
Annette is also supporting the Children’s Heart Federation’s campaign for all babies to be tested for heart conditions at birth. Pulse Oximetry is a quick, painless and cheap test that measures oxygen levels in blood and detects over 90% of life threatening heart defects in new-borns.
Annette said: “Every year, around 5,000 babies are born with Congenital Heart Disease, however only a third are detected before birth, meaning babies with potentially lethal but treatable conditions leave hospital without being diagnosed. Delays in diagnosis cause distress, physical harm and can be life-risking.”