Recently I have become involved with the charity Tiny Tickers, an amazing baby heart charity that aims to improve the detection, care and treatment of congenital heart disease (CHD) in babies.
This wonderful charity provides specialist training to health professions and sonographers, so that they are more prepared and better equipped to identify a heart defect during a pregnancy scan. They also offer support for parents and families dealing with a diagnosis and help raise awareness of heart defects in babies so that parents know what signs to look out for.
More than 3000 babies are born with a heart problem each year in the UK, yet despite the number of congenital hearts defects detected in pregnancy and standard newborn tests, approximately 1000 newborn babies are still sent home without anybody realising that they have a life threatening condition. By detecting heart problems during pregnancy a baby is able to get treatment at the first possible moment, which greatly improves their chance of survival, increases their long term quality of life and lowers the risk of side effects due to heart failure such as brain damage.
Which brings me to why February is such an important month for Tiny Tickers. February is ‘National Heart Month’ and Tiny Tickers are asking you to support ‘Heart Week’ between the 7th – 14th of February 2016. Heart Week is a chance to band together to raise awareness and vital funds to help babies born with serious heart conditions.
Tiny Tickers have put together a ‘Heart Week’ pack, which has everything you need to get you started, including a bundle of ideas on how to raise funds. Every penny counts and helps a very small charity make a huge impact on many babies lives. To get your free ‘Heart Week’ pack, register here.
If you are interested to read more about how this charity can make such a huge difference please read Martha’s story here.
What your support can do…
- £100 – Provides specialist on – site training for a sonographer to be able to detect heart problems during a scan.
- £500 – Lets us put information materials 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.
So get involved and become a part of something wonderful. Help Tiny Tickers save and improves the lives of many babies with heart defects. Alternatively you can donate £3 by texting TINY11 to 70070.
If you are worried about your baby’s tiny ticker, here are some signs to look out for:
- Heart rate: too fast or too 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 too slow? (normally 40 – 60 breaths per minute)
- Temperature: cold to touch – particularly hands and feet?
If you are concerned about your baby’s heart or general health, please take them to see your GP.
*Please note: Tiny Tickers contacted me to help raise awareness of the charity and their fundraising event. This is not a sponsored or endorsed post. This isn’t a paid for post and I do not receive anything from any donations or fundraising activity.