Did you know that one in every thirty-three babies is born with birth defects, which is the leading cause of infant deaths? Fetuses are negatively impacted when their mother’s drink alcohol or use drugs, as these substances will enter their bloodstream, disrupting development. Should the mother drink during her pregnancy, it is the most damaging during the first trimester. At this stage, the baby’s brain is still developing. The mother may not have serious issues after substance use, but the child will as they may experience developmental problems. The child will have to live the rest of their life with their own physical and/or mental problems. These children usually have lower IQs and smaller heads. It's important to raise awareness on this cause, as it is 100% preventable.
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SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants 1 month to 1 year old. Did you know that about SIDS take about 2,200 lives each year? During this month, take time to acknowledge the families that have been affected by SIDS, stillbirth, and sudden unexpected infant death (SUID). First Candle focuses on continuing our mission to provide education, research, advocacy, and training to ensure every baby survives and thrives to his / her first birthday and beyond.
Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness is an annual effort to help educate the public about congenital heart defects. Participants include individuals, local support groups, national and local organizations, and congenital cardiology centers throughout the world.
What are Congenital Heart Defects (CHDs)?
Congenital heart defects are heart problems that develop before birth. Congenital heart defect is the most common type of birth defect. About 1 in 4 babies that are born with CHD has a critical CHD (Critical Congenital Heart Disease).