Sunday, December 03, 2023
  1. You Are At:
  2. English News
  3. Health
  4. World Heart Day 2023: Preventive measures to be taken for children with heart problems

World Heart Day 2023: Preventive measures to be taken for children with heart problems

Parents of children with cardiac issues have a crucial role to play in preventing further complications and ensuring their child's overall well-being. By following these preventive measures, parents can actively manage their child's heart condition and help them lead a fulfilling and healthy life.

Kristina Das Written By: Kristina Das New Delhi Published on: September 27, 2023 18:37 IST
world heart day 2023
Image Source : FREEPIK These preventive measures should be taken for children with heart problems.

When a child is diagnosed with a cardiac issue, it can be a challenging phase for parents. However, along with medical treatment and care, there are essential preventive measures that parents can take to ensure their child's well-being. To observe World Heart Day 2023 on September 29, Dr P. Sharath Babu, Pediatrician, at Apollo Cradle & Children’s Hospital, Chennai, has shared a few measures that are crucial in managing and minimizing the impact of cardiac issues on a child's life. 

Preventive Measures to be taken for children with Heart problems

Healthy Lifestyle Choices: Promoting a healthy lifestyle is essential for children with cardiac issues. Encourage the child to eat a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Limiting intake of sugary, processed foods and beverages. Encouraging regular physical activity is suitable for their condition, as it can help improve cardiovascular health and overall well-being.

Proper Hydration: Hydration is essential for everyone, but it's especially crucial for children with cardiac issues. Dehydration can strain the heart, so parents should ensure that their child drinks an adequate amount of water throughout the day. 

Infection Prevention: Children with cardiac issues may be more susceptible to infections, which can exacerbate their condition. Parents should take steps to prevent infections, such as ensuring proper handwashing, maintaining up-to-date vaccinations, and avoiding contact with individuals who have contagious diseases.

Education and Awareness: Parents need to educate themselves about their child's specific cardiac condition. Understand the nature of the condition, potential complications, and warning signs. Being informed allows parents to make informed decisions and communicate effectively with healthcare providers.

Emotional Support: Managing a child's cardiac issues can be emotionally taxing for both parents and the child. Providing emotional support to the child is equally important. Encourage open communication, and let the child express their feelings and concerns.

Emergency Preparedness: Parents should have an emergency plan in place in case of emergencies. This includes knowing when to seek immediate medical advice, understanding how to perform CPR, and having a list of emergency contacts readily available.

Emotional Resilience: Encouraging children to embrace life with a positive attitude, and help them develop coping mechanisms to handle the challenges that come with their condition. Building resilience will empower the child to face their cardiac issues with determination and confidence.

ALSO READ: Heart Infections to Congenital Heart Defects: Know about common heart problems in children

Latest Health News

Read all Assembly Election Results 2023 Live on and Get the Latest English News and Updates on Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Telangana