Call your doctor immediately if your child with a congenital heart defect has:
- 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:
- Pediatric cardiologist
- Family medicine physician
- Internist (for adults with possible congenital heart disease)
- Physician assistant
- Nurse practitioner
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.