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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
3 doctors agree

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.
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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.
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