Could my baby have a congenital heart defect and nobody know about it?

Yes. ASD in particular is very hard to detect on exam.
Yes. Most severe defects will be found quickly. Some of my patients were diagnosed between 6 months and 3 years old. A few defects such as ASD (atrial septal defect) may not be diagnosed until adulthood.
Define defect. The complexity of how the heart forms gives rise to many possible errors, defects. The worst are diagnosed within hours of birth. Some significant ones ( VSD,ASD, AS) are usually picked up on exam in the first weeks. Some are normal structures that may malfunction.(PDA) Rare re-routing of heart blood supply can be undetected. A PFO is a normal incidental finding on an autopsy in most people.

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How likely is it for a child to be born with a congenital heart defect?

0.8% Overall the incidence of congenital heart disease is about 8 per 1000 live births. The risk is higher when one of the parents has a congenital heart defect. The risk also increases for subsequent children once a couple has had a child with heart disease. It is also higher in association with certain exposures and syndromes. Read more...
About 1 out of 100. Heart defects are the most common birth defect. Just under 1% of people are born with a congenital heart defect (a little less than 1/100). This includes very minor things and very severe defects. Some people are at higher risk, especially if there is a family history of heart defects, or if there are associated genetic syndromes. If you have concern for your child, ask your pediatrician. Read more...

How should we care for our baby who was born with a congenital heart defect?

Depends on deformity. Some congenital cardiac deformities are minor, others are quite serious. Your pediatrician and pediatric cardiologist will be working with you to teach you to provide the best care for your baby. Never be afraid to call with questions. No newborn parent's question is ever trivial. Read more...
Depends on defect. Some, like the VSD can close on their own in the first year & need nothing more than monitoring by your pediatrician.Some are life threatening immediately after delivery and require immediate transfer to a tertiary hospital for surgery.Find out from your treatment team. Take notes often and keep contact numbers for treating physicians available at all times along with a list of any medications. Read more...

What can cause a fever in a child with a congenital heart defect?

Same as others. Children in general are prone to recurrent viral infections, regardless of their cardiac status. If otherwise healthy and not recently post-op, common causes of fever should be considered. Fevers that develop while hospitalized for cardiac conditions are far more concerning and different than those found in the general population. . Read more...

I need help! My 16yr old sister was told she has a congenital heart defect. I'm pregnant and worried about my baby?

See below. There is no increased risk of your child having a heart problem, because your sister does. Read more...
Your sisters issue. Your general risk of a heart defect in your child is equal to that of the general population. (small) The risk your sister has for any of her offspring to have any type of heart defect is about 4%. Read more...

What are the risks of operating on a child with a congenital heart defect? My child was diagnosed with a congenital valve problem very soon after birth. What are the risks associated with operating on a very young child?

If . If the surgery is performed in a high volume center with good pediatric cardiac surgeons the risks are low. The risks may include some degree of left over valve obstruction or leakage. Very small risk of bleeding, infection. The risks also depend on how sick the child is prior to surgery and which valve is affected. There is also some chance that the involved valve may not be able to be repaired adequately and may have to be replaced with a prosthetic valve. That decision will sometimes have to be taken by the cardiac surgeon on the table in the or. Read more...
Benefits vs. risks . The pediatric cardiovascular surgeon will tell you the risks & rates of complications vs. The risks of the heart's having to work extra hard to supply blood & oxygen to the brain & body if the chd is left untreated. Neonatal open heart surgery is done to insure optimal health, growth & development. Tour the cicu, meet the nurses, ask @ pumping & storing breast milk & call on family support. Read more...

Need help for congenital heart defect for 21 month child? Where do we start to get information.

See your. Pediatrician who may refer you to a pediatric cardiologist (heart specialist). Read more...
Peds cardiologist . Your child needs a pediatric cardiologist. Your child's pediatrician would be a good resource to find one as would the nearest children's hospital. 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...

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...