David Evennett MP is calling on parents across Bexley to check for warning signs of possible heart problems in babies and follow life-saving guidance from the UK’s leading children’s heart charity. He recently attended a Parliamentary event to learn about the ‘Think HEART’ campaign, which is being run by the Children’s Heart Federation to increase the early diagnosis of children’s heart conditions.
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)
He is also contacting local hospitals about the provision of Pulse Oximetry testing – a simple, painless, quick test that measures the oxygen levels in the blood.