how would you deal with a child with congenital heart problem?

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Arielle - posted on 03/05/2010

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the only reason they couldn't be like all the other kids would be if they can't play sports or something because of the heart problem... my 20 month old has a bicuspid aortic valve, and there aren't any problems that are coming up yet, thank god, i don't treat him any differently, but we do have to see the dr every year for the time being to make sure everythings still ok... love them, and treat them like there is nothing wrong

Clare - posted on 01/02/2010

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i treat my 6 month old baby boy no different.. just the same as my first born... hes just the same as any other baby just abit more special!! he has tricuspid atresia, hypoplastic right ventricle and double outlet left ventricle... had no surgery yet thank god... he seems to have compensated himself for all hte defects he has..

Ryan - posted on 11/12/2009

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Treat them like you would any other child. My son is only going to be 2 this December but has already undergone 2 cardiac catheterizations and open heart surgery to repair a ventricular septal defect. He has come along way since then being that before the surgery he was not gaining any weight and simply jus not growing in any way. It is a true blessing how far technology has come these days that they are able to tell you exactly what is wrong with your baby and to have the technology to help ease the problems that these conditions can cause.

TNell - posted on 09/29/2009

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I agree. They need to be treated normally. The only times we don't is if it is health related. For example we allow my son to be a bit more picky with his food because it is so hard for him to gain weight. However, we don't let him be a brat or anything like that and we try to let him be as active as his body will allow. He is a gentleman at three already, and acts like he doesn't have half a heart most of the time! :)

Linda - posted on 07/09/2009

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I have a daughter who was born with a congenital heart defect and has had 2 open heart surgeries. She is now 12 and doing well- I do treat her the same as I do my 1`5 year old who is healthy, but she cannot play sports. I try to encourage other activities like Choir, drama and girl scouts. She is in middle school and has a lot of friends and I let her decide when and if she wants to share that she has a heart condition with her friends, although I do tell all her teachers so that they will know if she is not feeling well to call me. Sometimes it is difficult to not be overprotective, but I agree with the previous post that they have to have a normal happy childhood. I just love her and thank God for every day that I have with her.

Jen - posted on 06/08/2009

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treat them like any normal child....don;t dwell on the fact they have a medical condition....I have a CHD baby and we treat him no different then we would a baby with no heart problems...

Jen - posted on 06/08/2009

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treat them like any normal child....don;t dwell on the fact they have a medical condition....I have a CHD baby and we treat him no different then we would a baby with no heart problems...

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