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How do I get my asd child to come out of their own little world?

How do I get my asd child to come out of their own little world?

Not sure what u mean: ASD to me means atrial septal defect - a hole in the heart. I don't know how this applies to coming out of their world. If you meant add you should probably resubmit the question. I can't help you with that one. ...Read more

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How likely is it for a kid with ASD to regress at age 4? Son has been making huge progress since diagnosis 14 months ago but last few days scare me.

How likely is it for a kid with ASD to regress at age 4? Son has been making huge progress since diagnosis 14 months ago but last few days scare me.

Pervasive Disability: I hate that you are seeing regression the last several days in your child with ASD, keep working hard on social skills training and his therapies, speech, OT, even PT in certain cases. Intensive Social Skills training helps teach your child the behaviors that come natural to the rest of us "neurotypicals". Could he have an emerging illness? Sore throat? Fever? Bad day at school? Earache? ...Read more

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Is it riskier to have surgery for asd when a child is younger or older?

Is it riskier to have surgery for asd when a child is younger or older?

Depends: The answer depends on the size and type of asd. In general, we often wait until the child is a few years as asds pose no emergency during that time (as long as there aren't other major medical conditions). The surgery is better tolerate and technically more successful when they are older. But again, this depends on whether the child has any other issues. ...Read more

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Will a child's weight increase after having asd surgery?

Will a child's weight increase after having asd surgery?

Possibly: An ASD repair will not cause an otherwise healthy child to gain weight. Rarely a child with an ASD will have significant enough heart failure that weight gain is slow. In those cases, repairing the ASD will restore normal weight gain. ...Read more

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How much weight & age required for cath closer operation of a child who has asd 15 mm.

How much weight & age required for cath closer operation of a child who has asd  15 mm.

At least 10 kg: There is no absolute age or weight cut-off, but I am an interventional pediatric cardiologist. I generally wait until the child is at least 10 kg (22 lbs), but would ideally wait longer. Unless urgent, i generally have the children come in at ~4-5 years. The larger size makes the procedure easier and better tolerated by the child. Again, please discuss this with the cardiologist. ...Read more

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At what age it sensible to catheterize a child with 12mm ASD if length/height growth is normal?

At what age it sensible to catheterize a child with 12mm ASD if length/height growth is normal?

Atrial SD age 2 cath: ?: At what age it sensible to catheterize a child with 12mm ASD if length/height growth is normal? ANS: This depends on so many things that cannot be answered here. Ask your team for their recommendations not someone who had never seen or examined your child and discussed issues with you and significant other. . ...Read more

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What will happen if I don’t' close the asd in my child's heart?

Shorter life span: Large and long-standing atrial septal defects can damage your heart and lungs. An adult who has had an atrial septal defect for decades may have a shortened life span from heart failure or high blood pressure in the lungs. ...Read more

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Any parents out there with asd kids at risk for a second child with it?

Any parents out there with asd kids at risk for a second child with it?

Projected risk ~ 4% : The projected risk for any congenital heart defect ( all of them together) is ~4% after one. If either parent has or had a chd the projected risk increased to ~8% fpr subsequent pregnancies. Review of this issue as well as other family experiences with a genetic counselor can better define your individual risks with pregnancy. An estimated 4% of pregnancies have some unexpected issue (inclusive). ...Read more