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should i get medical attention for my child if she has symptoms of a heart defect?

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Dr. Michael Joseph
Pain Management 28 years experience
Yes: Any child that is exhibiting symptoms of a heart defect should be seen. In infants this may be difficulty breathing or sweating when eating, episodes of turning blue or your pediatrician might hear an abnormal heart murmur. It is often better to see a pediatric cardiologist if one is available even before have an echo cardiogram performed.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: Infants have a predictable pattern of daily activities that parents will know better than anyone. They should play with vigor, feed with interest and rest well when tired. If you think the work of breathing is increasing, feeds take longer and are interrupted to breathe, baby may have lung or heart issues. Sweating with feeds or pale or bluish color changes too. Have baby seen by your doctor.

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