STLMoms – Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week

ST. LOUIS -  Studies show, 1 in every 125 babies is born with a Congenital Heart Disease every year in the United States alone.  Beth Rumack  Director of St. Louis Children`s and Washington University Heart Center joined FOX 2 for Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week ( February 7th - 14th )

Some parents know during pregnancy that their baby has a heart condition. In some cases, the diagnosis is made at birth and in others it is discovered sometime later. Occasionally, congenital heart defects are not picked up until a child is older.

However, if a child has any of these symptoms, it's important to tell your pediatrician or primary care doctor so they can make a full medical evaluation and then next steps.

Soon after Birth or During First Few Months of Life
* Pale gray or blue skin color
* Rapid breathing
* Swelling in the legs, abdomen or areas around the eyes
* Shortness of breath during feedings, leading to poor weight gain

 Infants
* Shortness out of breath during feedings, leading to poor weight gain
* Getting sweaty with feeds
* Turning blue inside the mouth (gums/tongue)
* Passing out

 Toddlers/children
* Unable to keep up physically with other children
* Getting out of breath with activity sooner than other children
* Getting sweaty with activity sooner than other children
* Turning blue around the gums/tongue
* Passing out

 Older children/teens
* Unable to keep up physically with other children
* Getting out of breath with activity sooner than other children
* Getting sweaty with exercise sooner than other children
* Turning blue around the gums/tongue
* Chest pain with exercise
* Passing out
* Palpitations — heart skipping a beat or beating abnormally
* Dizziness with exercise

St. Louis Children's and Washington University Heart Center
One Children`s Place
Central West End
314-454 -6000

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