You’ve heard of Down syndrome and autism. But here’s a disturbing birth defect that you haven’t heard of. It’s the leading cause of all infant deaths in the U.S. It’s the top birth defect in practically every country. And yet the majority of people have not even heard of it. (CHD, n.d.)
It’s congenital heart defect or CHD for short. This affects so many infants worldwide and yet so little people have actually heard of it. Babies born with this defect might have a bluish undertone on their nails and skin, and would might difficulty breathing. In most cases, to increase their chances of survival, invasive surgeries are needed. And even with surgery, the situation could become fatal for the infant.
For Hayden, it did. Just ten days after going home, the 5 month old infant left this world. Similar stories have played out in other’s lives. Now, the Hayden’s Heart organisation keeps his memory alive and helps other heart families in need.
Aden + Anais, out of compassion for Hayden’s story, have collaborated with Hayden’s Heart to release a line of swaddle blankets in memory of Hayden. Part of the proceeds from the sale of these blankets would go to the Hayden’s Heart organisation to help other families.
So mothers, get your swaddle blankets from Aden + Anais and help others out today.
For mothers-to-be, here are a number of risk factors for CHD, listed by Boston Children’s Hospital:
(Boston Children’s Hospital)
- women who take anti-seizure medication while pregnant
- women who take lithium while pregnant
- women who have phenylketonuria but do not adhere to the special diet necessary
- women who have insulin-dependent diabetes or lupus
- women who contract rubella while pregnant
- There is approximately an 8-10% risk that a mother with a congenital heart defect (CHD) will have a baby with some type of CHD, but not necessarily the same defect as the mother. High risk prenatal monitoring of the mother and baby is recommended.
Boston Children’s Hospital. (n.d.). Retrieved from Boston Children’s Hospital: http://www.childrenshospital.org/health-topics/conditions/congenital-heart-defects
CHD. (n.d.). Retrieved from The Children’s Heart Foundation: http://www.childrensheartfoundation.org/about-chf/fact-sheets
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