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    Congenital Heart Defects - When To Call a Doctor

    Call 911 or other emergency services immediately if your child has severe difficulty breathing, faints, or has seizures.

    Call your doctor immediately if your child with a congenital heart defect has:

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    • Symptoms of heart failure or cyanosis-the bluish tint that affects skin, lips, and nails because of lack of oxygen-that become significantly worse within a short time period.
    • Symptoms of endocarditis, such as a fever that won't go away.
    • Symptoms of dehydration, such as sunken eyes with few tears, a dry mouth with little or no spit, and little or no urine for 6 hours.

    Talk to your doctor if your child with a congenital heart defect has:

    • Moderate difficulty breathing.
    • A poor appetite and isn't eating well, or sweats while eating, or has a rapid heartbeat or rapid breathing while eating.
    • Less energy or seems to be sleeping more than usual.
    • Sudden weight gain or isn't gaining weight.

    Who to see

    The following health professionals can evaluate symptoms of a congenital heart defect:

    To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: August 08, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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