Congenital heart diseases indicate that your child was born with a pre-existing defect in their heart. Some of these diseases do not require to be treated surgically while others may require a number of surgeries over a period of time.
There are various types of congenital heart diseases that a child may be suffering from. The severity and complications may differ and many factors play a crucial role in deciding their lifestyle.
While you should take medical opinion only from a doctor but there are some common signs of congenital heart diseases to pay attention to. Keeping an eye on these signs can help you keep your child healthy. Here are some of them to look out for.
- Skin turning blue or pale grey
- Rapid breathing
- Shortness of breath and constant difficulty in breathing
- Swelling around the abdominal area, legs, and eyes
- Fainting after exertion due to physical activity
- Swelling around ankles and feet
- Sudden weight gain
The above-listed signs can be of various types of heart diseases like heart valve defects, a problem with the heart’s muscles, a problem in blood vessels, etc. If you notice any of such signs during early years so there are chances that your child needs doctor’s supervision.