Can antibiotics cause congenital heart defects in my unborn child?

Possibly. Each medicine has specific risks in terms of causing birth defects. Some types--nitrofurantoins (one of multiple examples) which are used for UTIs--have been shown to be associated with fetal heart defects. This does NOT mean there is a direct cause and effect relationship though. Please discuss any specific concerns with your doctor/obstetrician.
Likely no. There are a few medications that cause heart defects in the baby when a pregnant mother takes them. Most antibiotics have been studied and do not cause heart defects. However, it is always important to check with your OB before taking any medications when you are pregnant.

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If an unborn baby has congenital heart defects, should you still go through with the pregnancy?

Yes - ... Most congenital heart defects are able to be treated with surgery and medications . The decision to have a baby with a known congenital heart defect is always personal. The couple should seek a timely opinion of an experienced pediatric cardiologist. Genetic testing and imaging is important to identify the defect, counsel the couple and look for associated abnormalities. Read more...
Depends. This is personal choice and depends on the genetic make-up of the baby, the presence of other anomalies and the severity of the cardiac defect(s). Genetic counseling and pediatric cardiology consultation are essential! http://www.Heart.Org/heartorg/conditions/congenitalheartdefects/aboutcongenitalheartdefects/about-congenital-heart-defects_ucm_001217_article.Jsp. Read more...

I think my child may have congenital heart defects. What would that mean?

A number of things. The prognosis for children with congenital heart defects really depends on the exact nature of the defect. Some are easily correctable by surgery, some don't need surgery at all and others need a series of more complicated surgeries. In any case keeping in close contact with your pediatrician and cardiologist is very important. Good nutrition will help your child heal well. Read more...
Depends.. Congenital heart disease covers a wide range from life-threatening to benign. Start with your pediatrician, who can refer you to a pediatric cardiologist, who can make the right diagnosis, and advise you about prognosis and treatment. Read more...

Can you tell me how is a child is affected in daily life, from having congenital heart defects?

Too vague. Congenital heart defect is an incredibly broad term, encompassing critical life-threatening & debilitating conditions as well as transient defects with no real clinical effect. The more severe defects may be irreparable or may require multiple surgeries & procedures with significant symptoms & activity restrictions. Conversely, mild defects may resolve or may not need any special consideration. Read more...

Maybe I worry too much, but I want to know how congenital heart defects will affect my child's overall health.?

Depends... ...On what the disease is. Some are devastating, some are surgically correctable, and some get better without treatment and have no effect on longevity or health. Read more...
Depends... ...On what the disease is. Some are devastating, some are surgically correctable, and some get better without treatment and have no effect on longevity or health. Read more...

Can congenital heart defects or certain drugs result in increased cardiac output? What else causes it? Mine is 7.2lmin squared.

Yes. Medications and certain medical conditions can raise your cardiac output. But before going further, we need to know how you had your cardiac output measured, since the technique itself can give us some answers. Read more...
CO = HR x SV. Cardiac output (co) is the volume of blood pumped per minute, and related to heart rate (hr) and stroke volume (sv) (volume per heart beat). It can be affected by many bodily activities. An increase in either hr or sv can result in inceased co. So any drug that increases hr (caffeine, etc) can result in incresed co. Certain congenital heart defects (such as septal defects) can alter co. Read more...

Can you tell me about baby with the same congenital heart defects?

Confusing question. Your question is not specific enough to answer. What about chd's are you asking about? Please start over.Questions are not linked on the site. Read more...

Are there any known causes of congenital heart defects?

Some causes. Heredity some families have more than one generation with defects. Congenital syndromes such as Down syndrome, Holt-Oram, Trisomies 13 and 18. Smoking and alcohol abuse during pregnancy have been associated with heart defects. In most instances cause of heart defect not known. Read more...