February is American Heart Month, and BSA’s Labor and Delivery department is helping raise awareness.
Babies born this month at BSA will be sporting little red hats to help raise awareness, especially for congenital heart defects.
This is the most common type of birth defect in the country. Congenital heart defects affect approximately one in every 125 babies. The tiny red hats are meant to serve as a reminder that heart health starts at birth.
Parents are encouraged to post photos of their little ones with the hats on social media to spread awareness further than just the halls of the hospital.
“Flooding the social media with these hats will just bring awareness about heart disease,” said RN Kim Hess. “Knowledge is powerful. If you know the warning signs, you can get to the doctor, hospital quicker.”
While knowing the warning signs is important, so is preventing heart disease. This means directing kids toward a more healthy lifestyle at a young age, which starts with diet and exercise.
BSA’s Labor and Delivery department expects around 200 babies to wear the red hats this month, and parents will also receive brochures with heart-healthy tips.
This is BSA’s second year participating in the American Heart Association’s program. All of the red hats are knitted or crocheted by volunteers across the country.