Today is day 2 of CHD Awareness Week and we are spending the day kind of sick. Hope has had a stomach bug for a little while and I decided to take her to the doctor today. Well...it is not a stomach bug, it is a sinus infection. It seems that it is draining to her stomach and sitting there and making her sick, so she throws up. I am actually glad it is not a stomach bug, but she is on antibiotics and back on Pepcid. She has not taken Pepcid since she was 6 months old. I hope it settles her belly. We did have a long discussion with her doctor about antibiotics. Hope has been on them only once before. The last one was a creamy white color and because it made Hope so sick last time, I explained to her doctor about her oral aversion. Hope is now on an antibiotic that is pink and she only has to take it for 5 days...PERFECT!
- More than 50% of all children born with congenital heart defect will require at least one invasive surgery in their lifetime.
- There are more than 40 different types of congenital heart defects. Little is known about the cause of most of them. There is no known prevention or cure for any of them.
- In the United States, twice as many children die from congenital heart defects each year than from all forms of childhood cancer combined, yet funding for pediatric cancer research is five times higher than funding for CHD.