Tiny tickers is a small national charity that aims to improve the detection, care and treatment of congenital heart disease (CHD) in babies. Tiny tickers provide specialist training to health professionals and sonographers so they are better equipped to identify a heart defect during a pregnancy scan. They offer support parents whilst dealing with diagnoses, and they help raise awareness of heart defects in babies, encouraging parents to look out for any warning signals.
Did you know as many as 1 in every 125 babies in the UK have a congenital heart defect?
Only one third of major heart affects are spotted during pregnancy, and another third are picked up during standard newborn tests. That means that around 1000 newborns are sent home from hospital every year in the UK with no one realising they are suffering with a heart condition.
Research shows early detection improves a baby’s chances of survival, and their long-term quality of life.
Tiny Tickers are promoting Heart week between the 7th and 14th of February and are encouraging you to join in with the raising money for a fantastic cause.