Congenital heart defects happen when the heart does not form normally as the unborn baby (fetus) grows in the womb. Heart defects may cause problems with blood flow through the heart after a baby is born.
Medicines often are needed to treat congenital heart defects until the defect can be repaired or corrected. Some complex acyanotic heart defects and most cyanotic heart defects require ongoing treatment with medicines even after the defect is repaired. Ch
Congenital heart defects often are repaired with surgery or heart catheterization, but home treatment also plays an important role. Coping with oxygen problems: Home treatment may include caring for a child who has cyanosis, or problems getting enough oxy