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Back to School ABC’s for CHD Kids

September 24, 2012
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Mended Little Hearts and CardioSmart have joined together to provide parents and caregivers of children who have congenital heart defects with some back-to-school tips. Most children are now officially back to school for the 2012-2013 school year.   Whether your child is in preschool or grade school, if your child has a congenital heart defect (CHD), there are a few things you may want to consider for the beginning of this school season.   Plan for Emergencies Written Plan:  Parents and caregivers want to be sure to communicate a plan for emergencies with the child’s school administration, teacher(s), and school nurse (if your school has one).  Work with your child’s cardiologist to create this plan.  It would also be helpful to get input from your child’s pediatrician or family practice doctor.  Although emergencies are unlikely to occur, having a written plan can make everyone feel more comfortable about caring for your child during the school day. AEDs and CPR: Parents and caregivers will want to ask their child’s school administrators if they have AED (Automated External Defibrillator) devices and how many people are trained in CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation).  This is good information for parents to have.  You can encourage your school to be prepared […]

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