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Symptoms of CHD in babies, toddlers, preteens and teens

CHD is has a variety of symptoms and not every child presenting with these symptoms has heart problems. (Some kids are just sweaty sleepers, for example.) Symptoms of CHD in kids may appear quickly after birth, but may not show up until your child is a toddler, a teen or a young adult.

Babies

  • Persistent fast breathing
  • Heavy breathing, also known as retractions (skin pulling in under rib cage or under neck)
  • Long feeding time, refusal to eat
  • Low energy/activity level
  • Poor weight gain
  • Gums and tongue turning blue, or a blue/grey tinge to the skin

Toddlers and Young Children

  • Poor energy level, tiring easily
  • Gums and tongue turning blue, or a blue tinge to the skin
  • Poor growth
  • Chest pain
  • Rapid heartbeat or breathing
  • Passing out
  • Losing their breath during activities sooner than their peers

Preteens/Teens

  • Problems with growth/development
  • Fainting/passing out
  • Gums and tongue turning blue, or a blue tinge to the skin
  • Chest pain, especially with exercise
  • Rapid heartbeat or breathing
  • Losing their breath during activities sooner than their peers
  • Palpitations, or hearts beating abnormally or skipping a beat
  • Dizziness with exercise

This is not a comprehensive list of all signs and symptoms. Please contact your child’s doctor, if you child experiences any symptoms that concern you.

Resources:
NIH: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/chd
CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd

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