What Parents Need To Know About Their Baby’s Heart

What Parents Need To Know About Their Baby’s Heart

When it comes to heart health the most important thing for everyone to do is to monitor their heart on a regular basis. As early as infancy, doctors monitor heart health because it is an important vital when assessing a baby’s overall well being. Parents need to understand their baby’s heart even before the baby is born. Here is what all parents need to know about heart health and their baby. 

How The Heart Works

The function of the heart is to pump blood throughout the body. Our hearts supply oxygen and nutrients to every part of our body. Each body part needs a constant supply of nutrition and oxygen to function. If for some reason the heart is unable to supply blood to the organs and tissues in the body, they will die (Lewis 2016). Since the heart plays a vital role in our body’s ability to function, it is important to care for your heart and monitor it’s well being. 

The heart has four chambers in it. The top two chambers are the right atrium and left atrium. The bottom two chambers are the right ventricle and the left ventricle. 

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These chambers pump blood between them and they play a critical role in the heart’s ability to function. These chambers are separated by a thin wall called the septum as seen in the diagram above. 

The heart is an intricate and essential organ within our body that needs to function in a very specific way. Any small problem within the heart can cause serious problems throughout the rest of the body

How A Baby’s Heart Works

When a baby is still in utero and in the fetus stage, monitoring the rhythms and heart functions start early. As early as 6 weeks of gestation a fetal heartbeat can be detected. What is remarkable is that even in the fetal stage, the heart functions the same way an adult’s heart does on a much smaller scale. This is why measuring the heart rate is important. The heart rate is measured by counting how many heart beats occur per minute. 

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As the pregnancy progresses, a baby’s heartbeat will be monitored to assess the health of the baby. A baby’s heart rate should be between 90-110 beats per minute at the 6-7 week mark. By the 9 week mark, a baby’s heart rate should reach 140-170 beats per minute (Chertoff 2018). The average adult heart rate is between 60-100 beats per minute.

According to the Benioff Children’s Hospital this is how parents can expect a normal heart rate range to develop as their child grows: 

  • Newborns 0-1 month old: 70-190 beats per minute
  • Infants 1-11 months old: 80-160 beats per minute
  • Children 1-2 years old: 80-130 beats per minute
  • Children 3-4 years old: 80-120 beats per minute
  • Children 5-6 years old: 75-115 beats per minute
  • Children 7-9 years old: 70-110 beats per minute
  • Children 10 and older(including adults): 60-100 beats per minute

Clearly the heart develops significantly as we grow into adulthood. This is why it is so important to track the heart rate during pregnancy and throughout the life of a baby through adulthood. 

What LoveyQ Can Teach You About Your Baby’s Heart

Early heart problems that parents should be aware of range from simple concerns like a heart murmur, to more complicated problems such as congenital heart defects. In either scenario parents need to be informed. When it comes to heart health, monitoring plays a huge role in early detection. When detected early, larger problems with the heart can be solved before they become irreversible or fatal. The LoveyQ wearable monitor tracks your baby’s heart rate. In doing so, the monitor can track long-term patterns related to heart health and can be a valuable tool in detecting early warning signs of a larger problem. 

The LoveyQ works by tracking a baby’s vitals including the heart rate. The data is collected and stored so parents can view the long-term heart health of their infant on their mobile device. Parents will be able to see what their baby’s average heart rate is and how that changes overtime.

While the LoveyQ cannot diagnose these medical concerns, it can inform you and your doctor to investigate further if needed. Once further testing is performed by medical professionals, an official diagnosis can be given and parents can have a discussion with their doctor about the results. 

Heart health is central to the physical well-being of your baby from infancy to adulthood. It is important for parents to stay informed and be aware of the importance of monitoring heart health and the significance of early detection–the LoveyQ monitor can help parents do both!

References:

Lewis, Tanya. “Human Heart: Anatomy, Function & Facts.” LiveScience, Purch, 22 Mar. 2016

“Want to Know How the Heart Works?” Heart Foundation NZ

Chertoff, Jane. “How Early Can You Hear Baby’s Heartbeat on Ultrasound and By Ear?” Edited by Valinda Riggins Nwadike, Healthline: Parenthood, 26 Sept. 2018

“Pulse.” UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, 21 Oct. 2020

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