Saturday, February 9, 2013

February 9, 2013 - Congenital Heart Defect Signs and Symptoms

Parents should be alert to the following symptoms in infancy:
  • Tires easily during feeding (i.e. falls asleep before feeding finishes)
  • Sweating around the head, especially during feeding.
  • Fast breathing when at rest or sleeping
  • Pale or bluish skin color
  • Poor weight gain
  • Sleeps a lot – not playful or curious for any length of time
  • Puffy face, hands, and/or feet
  • Often irritable, difficult to console
(I know that Kyle's initial symptoms included sweating, fast breathing and blue skin color.)

Some children with CHDs may not have any symptoms until later in childhood. Things to look for include:
  • Gets out of breath during play
  • Difficulty “keeping up” with playmates
  • Tires easily/sleeps a lot
  • Change in color during active play or sports (looks pale/has a bluish tint around mouth and nose)
  • Frequent colds and respiratory illnesses
  • Slow growth and weight gain/poor appetite
  • Complains of chest pain and/or heart pounding

If your child has two or more of these symptoms, talk to your pediatrician about a referral to a Pediatric Cardiologist.

Source: The Congenital Heart Information Network


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