Take Care of your Babies Heart – Congenital Heart Defects
Congenital heart defects are often diagnosed in infancy, or even before birth. But some defects are harder to detect than others and may not be diagnosed until much later in childhood or even adulthood.
Severe heart disease generally becomes evident during the first few months after birth. Some babies become blue or have very low blood pressure shortly after birth. Other defects cause breathing difficulties, feeding problems, or poor weight. Minor defects are most often diagnosed on a routine medical check up. Minor defects rarely cause symptoms. While most heart murmurs in children are normal, some may be due to defects.
If the heart problem is significant, children pediatrician or gynecologist would refer child to a pediatric cardiologist. Pediatric cardiologists wouldo diagnose and treat.