Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week on February, 2024: Do you think my doctor knows something that she isn't telling me?
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Only your doctor can answer this question.
The reality is that 1 in 100 children in the US are born with congenital heart defects (it is the #1 birth defect) and it is the leading cause of birth-defect related deaths in the first year of life. Many of which could have been prevented if diagnosed and treated. Thanks to greater awareness and technology, many medical professionals are taking it much more serious.
She might not have seen clearly enough due to positioning . . . and to be safe, she is sending you for another ultrasound and if necessary, it sounds like a fetal echocardiogram which is an ultrasound done by a specialist & a pediatric cardiologist focusing on the heart.
Most heart defects turn out to be nothing - but it is better to know whether or not there is an issue and to be prepared, treated, monitored if necessary.
I am not trying to scare you - I am a mom to a 2 year old twins, one of which was diagnosed with a heart defect 26 weeks into my pregnancy. It has been a tough road - 2 minor procedures and 1 open heart surgery . . . but she is now a healthy toddler with no restrictions. I am thankful that my OB did the extra testing and made sure to be sure before sending me home.
I feel terrible suggesting this but I really do believe that testing saved my daughter's life so I cannot say that it is "nothing". I don't want any other parent to go through what we did but at the same time we are lucky to have had it caught early and we are lucky that our daughter is a survivor . It really is best to be sure. As I said previously, most of the time, it is nothing - just being cautious for safety sake.
Good luck and congrats!
Heart murmur in 1 n a half month old hearth? Has anybody been through this before?
A heart murmur can mean nothing at times. However, in some situations it can be a sign of a CHD. (Congenital Heart Defect) The fact that your sons lips are turning blue is not a good sign. Are his gums turning purple? If they are, take him to the ER immediately. This can be a sign that he has a lack of oxygen. Also, if you notice that he gets tired easily while feeding and doesnt want to eat, take him to the ER. This is ANOTHER sign of a CHD. I'm not trying to worry you, I promise. I just want you to be aware that CHD's are serious, and that CHD's affect more babies compared to all the other defects combined x2!! That is a lot! 1 in 100 children are born with a CHD. It can happen to anyone.
This can be nothing at all. Or, this can be something fatal. Please visit this sight!
Sign-up (If you want) and ask this question on there. This is a sight for mothers with babies born with a CHD. I know they can help you and give you advice as they've been through this! Give it a try. I know they'll be more helpful rather than Yahoo!Answers.
Again, I am soooo sorry I am not trying to scare you, or even make you suspect that your child has a CHD. I just dont want you to be one of the unlucky parents. (CHD is the #1 leading cause of death in babies.) Some babies leave the hospital all cleared with an undetected heart problem. Once they realize they have one, its too late. (AGAIN not trying to scare you.) You'd think people would be aware of this deadly defect, but NO! CHD's do NOT get enough awareness and that is why sooo many young children die before they reach the age of 1! Please, make sure the specialist does all that she/he can do to make sure your baby is A-OK! No doubts.
I DO NOT MEAN TO SCARE YOU. I AM NOT A DOCTOR. I AM A 16 year old girl who was born with a CHD. It can happen to ANYONE. Dont be scared. Ok! If you think I'm way off and want to ignore me, then be my guest. It can happen to ANYONE.
You & your baby will be in my thoughts & prayers! <3.
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