has anybodys baby had open heart surgery

Susana - posted on 05/18/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )




My baby had heart surgery when he was 13 days old now he will turn 1 in june, but im worried that all this affected him to be able to walk or anything. he can sit by himself without throwing himself back and hates belly time. He has therapy but he just cant catch up to the kids his own age. Maybe its due to him having the surgery im not sure. Did anyone have this or a similar situation. worried mom


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I'm so sorry that you and your baby has gone through this. My son will be 1 in june as well. So congratulation for his 1st birthday coming. I believe that your son had gone through such a tramatic time , especially at a young age. It is awful for a baby to have to go through that. He will do things when he is ready. He may not be doing the same things as other kids his age. He might just be a late bloomer. Put it this way. My oldest son, crawled backwards, not forward, backwards. He took a long time to speak. All I heard was that my son should be speaking and walking and so forth. He eventually spoke words and started walking. Now I can't get him to shut up. It's sorta funny. I couldn't wait until he spoke and now he talks and talks and jabbers his jaws all the time and I don't see how he gets a breather in there. If your finds no pain and problems, he will gradually walk and all. He just might be slower than others. Mine did the same thing. Mine didn't have surgery , but they went through the spell of not doing the same as others. Not all kids are the same. They are all different, that is what makes them unique. I hope everything goes well for you.

Tara - posted on 05/21/2012




My sister had three open heart surgeries, the first just shortly after her birth and the last when she was around 4-5. It took her a little longer to catch up with kids in her age group, but she is a completely healthy adult now.

Your son will be able to catch up eventually. Just keep working with him on the regular milestone things - sitting up, standing, etc. Encourage him to do the tummy time, encourage him when he shows signs of doing things like standing, pulling himself up, walking, etc.

It sounds like he is reaching some milestones but is just a little behind, and honestly the milestones are just guidelines anyway. The best thing you can do is exactly what you are doing and just keep encouraging him to do things.

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