We all know that as parents, we value our children so much that we make sure they’re healthy and secure. Families of children with birth defects face unique challenges and there are issues that need to be addressed immediately  especially when dealing with critical congenital heart disease.

Aside from vaccines and newborn screening, what else does your newborn need? Let’s find out the deeper importance of Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD)Screening for your baby.

Understanding Critical Congenital Heart Disease

Critical Congenital Heart Disease refers to the case of serious heart defect that frequently develop in the early stages of life and can lead to life-threatening symptoms that may require intervention within the first days of life.  CCHD can impair the normal circulation of blood through the body, and may deprive your baby of oxygen.

This disease is a bit tricky according to experts because  some babies may look and act healthy at first but the CCHD symptoms will occur eventually.

Symptoms include: loss of healthy skin color, cyanosis (blue or purple tint to the skin caused by a shortage of oxygen,  swelling or puffiness in the face, hands, feet, legs, or areas around the eyes, tiring easily and sweating especially  during feedings, heart murmur (abnormal heart sound), tachypnea (rapid breathing),hypotension (low blood pressure), hypoxemia (low levels of oxygen in the blood).  

Why CCHD Screening is important for your child

Since early signs of CCHD are not always noticeable, it’s important to pay attention to the results of the newborn screening. Based on the results, doctors will know if the newborn is at risk of CCHD or already has it.

Follow-up testing  may be conducted to evaluate the condition of the newborn’s cardio status. These tests may include:

Pulse oximetry – a painless and non-invasive test that measures how much oxygen is in the blood of the infant.

Echocardiogram – an ultrasound picture of the heart.

Electrocardiogram (ECG) and Chest x-ray.

CCHD screening for your newborn will identify infants affected with CCHD before they leave the nursery and they can be often be treated and live longer and healthier lives. For more heart-related tips, facts, and guidance, visit www.manilamed.com  and call 5238131-65 for check-up and schedule.