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How do I explain to my daughter what it means to have congenital heart disease?
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: How old is she?
Kids will process ideas if presented in a developmentaly appropriate format.
Small kids believe in the tooth fairy & explanations should be short, focused & evident. A simple"you were born with a weak heart " should do early on, repeated as needed.(they don't take notes) after 7-8 when they let go of the tooth fairy they can process more, by the late teens they can get a full explanation.

In brief: How old is she?
Kids will process ideas if presented in a developmentaly appropriate format.
Small kids believe in the tooth fairy & explanations should be short, focused & evident. A simple"you were born with a weak heart " should do early on, repeated as needed.(they don't take notes) after 7-8 when they let go of the tooth fairy they can process more, by the late teens they can get a full explanation.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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