Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week


My 2nd daughter Lauren was born prematurely at 31 weeks…….. She was also born with a Congenital Heart Defect (hole in her heart)

For families who have been affected by this, it is a heartbreaking and shattering time. Lauren was born with a hole in her heart due to Epilim I was taking to control my Epilepsy. This is very common with babies born whose mums have taken Epilepsy medications. We were lucky, Lauren’s heart repaired itself and closed naturally. Unfortunately for many babies born with a CHD this can stay with them forever.

7-14 February is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week.

Congenital heart disease is one of the most common types of birth defect, affecting up to 9 in every 1,000 babies born in the UK.

Signs and symptoms
The condition can have a number of symptoms, including:
rapid heartbeat
rapid breathing
excessive sweating
extreme tiredness and fatigue
a blue tinge to the skin (cyanosis)
tiredness and rapid breathing when a baby is feeding

For more information on CHD
https://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/conditions/congenital-heart-disease

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